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Had Cervical Fusion surgery C 5/6 good news

I had anterior cervical fusion with instrumentation
Plate, screws, cadivar bone placed
And it was 100 percent successful and a very easy surgery


This was over a year ago and you cant even find the scar on my neck now

Just had to share good news with my forum buddies

Now I will be having lamenectomies L4/5, L 3/4 in August



  • There are not enough posts made to encourage those about to have surgery. :-)

    To encourage you, I also had a laminectomy with fusion of L4/5 over 3 years ago.
    It was a posterior surgery with rods and screws and a plastic cage. A PLIF.
    The recovery was not as bad as I had feared. It was long but doable.
    It was very successful at getting rid of my awful sciatica in both legs and lower back pain.
    I would do it again if I had to :-)

    Good luck with your lumbar surgery in August.

  • I have been told that the lumbar fusion has a longer recover time than cervical fusion. But at the same time, I have read quite a few posts that suggest the lumbar surgery recovery isn't that painful after the first three weeks or so.

    What makes the lumbar fusion surgery harder to recover from? Does this make sense? I know a lot depends on the age, the person, the doctor, etc., but what's the nuts and bolts of the differences, recovery wise?

    Thanks in advance and have a good day :0)
    3/11/13 successful ACDF
    7/13 inconclusive discogram
    Currently in PT for lumbar pain
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  • My experience was definately that my 2 level neck fusion was a quicker recovery than my 1 level lumbar fusion.

    I can only really guess why that is and why the fusion tends to take more quickly.
    For one thing the area needed to fuse in the vertebrae of the neck is not as great as with a lumbar vertebra.
    Also the neck doesn't carry nearly as much weight. I had only two and a half years between my spine fusion surgeries so I wasn't much older. As for nuts and bolts, I did have those for my lumbar fusion but not for my cervical fusion! LOL!
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