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C5C6 Fusion or Disc Replacement???

Hello Eve.ryone. I am 32 years old and active. I will spare all the details of what I have been through and get to the point. I was told I need a neck surgery and I have 2 options... Fusion or disc replacement... Being unfamiliar with either of these, I have asked my friends and family for any and all advice or experiences. Every one seems to be suggesting the fusion... What I have read thus far, disc replacement is looking like the better option and fusion as a contingency plan.. Please share any and all experiences!! Thank you



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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I can only speak from my situation. I just had an ADR at C6-7 this past Tuesday. I am also young (35) and I only had 1 level compressing my spinal cord so my N/S said I was a perfect candidate for ADR. I did seek out 2 more opinions: an O/S that recommended ACDF (when I asked him about the ADR he said he's never done one) and another N/S that recommended ADR.
    As you can see from my signature, I've been dealing with lumbar issues for the past 11 years and had 3 surgeries. I chose to go the route with my neck that I felt would eliminate future neck surgeries down the road. Of course no one has a crystal ball.
    I can just recommend getting multiple opinions and making your decision from there. Also make sure the dr you decide to go with has extensive experience in the procedure they will be doing.
    Good luck!
    March 2002 L4-5 open d/s
    July 2012 L4-5 micro d/s
    November 2013 L4-5 micro d/s
    December 2013 C6-7 ADR
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  • Hiya...I has C5-C6 fusion in 2008. It took about 9 months to recover to where I didn't think about it everyday. So, I was very happy with the fusion process. I was able to get back to playing softball as well as ice hockey. I was fine up until I got rear-ended in 2012. Still dealing with issues but up until that point I was up to my old tricks. That's my experience...good luck sir.
    -Ti man

    C5-C6 Fused, Syrinx from C4-C7, Bilateral SI joints are fused from car accident using iFuse by SI Bone
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