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Spinal Cord damage after ACDF

I had acdf on c5 c6 back in December. My right pinky, ring finger, along with half of my palm is numb. I also have numbness and tingling in both of my legs but is more prominent in my right. Had a follow up mri done. Surgeon reviewed the mri and stated that it is worse than before my surgery. I have signal cord changes from c2 to c5 and my cord is also being flattened at those levels. The only option is to have a complete cervical spine reconstruction but he does not want to do it. Has anyone here had a similar case?


  • Brkn ~

    If I may ask, where are you located? I do not have a similar case at all….but I am near Boston, and there are some amazing surgeons in the area. I have surgery on Friday, my surgeon is a c-spine specialist. I have a fusion from my skull to C3 that needs a little tweaking.

    I could also recommend the surgeon who did the original fusion 20 years ago on my neck….he did save my life (literally)…he is in New Jersey.

    If I were in your shoes, I would do the same thing you are doing now….find out about similar cases, but ask around and see if there are any c-spine specialists in your area. I would seek a neurosurgeon, and I would go to a teaching hospital….we have a lot of those here, and I was lucky to be near one in NJ when I had the original fusion done.

    If I can help you out, please feel free to message me. I wish you the best of luck.

    ~ Glued
  • I have not needed reconstruction but do have a spinal cord contusion. I know it is all about getting a surgeon that you trust and are comfortable with. M surgeon actually was in medical school in Boston and is currently located in Oregon. If you would like to know more about my story you can also message me. I am happy to speak to you. Hoping that things will turn around for you!
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