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  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    can tell you that cervical ACDF (Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion) sounds very scary but actually has a high success rate and surprisingly results in less post op pain than you'd think. My first surgeon fused C5-C7 in 2006, I wanted him to add C4 but he said that level was "iffy". So 12/12/13 my new surgeon fused C4 to the existing C5-C7 segment. I was discharged the next morning. The hardest part is sleeping in my Aspen Vista cervical collar. I have some upper back and shoulder muscle pain but not bad! Personally I prefer an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon do perhaps get a consult from one of those too. Don't wait too long to do the surgery if you have any weakness, numbness or pain shooting down your arm(s). That's a sign the situation needs to be fixed sooner rather than later.
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • is simply an opening of the area where the nerve root exits that level of the spine. It's kind of a widening of the area, which allows the nerve to pass without contact with anything. It is one of the easier surgeries to be done and the recovery process is easier. It also doesn't weaken the spine because the bony overgrowth is removed, not anything else.
    You should consider making the appointment now , and then when you are done with physical therapy, you can already have a game plan in place to go to if the therapy doesn't work.
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  • Thanks in advance guys!

    PT has helped... a little bit. But it has done nothing to relieve these spasms on the right side. Functional but still in pain the majority of the day with limited range of motion. No radiculopathy as of yet, thankfully. Trying to get in for a neuro/ortho consult has proven more difficult than anticipated! Man are they booked far out!

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