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acdf 3 level surgery tomorrow

Hi I'm 37 years old having 3 level A C D F surgery tomorrow on c 4,5,6 ..I'm not scared ..I'm looking forward to it ..I've talked to 2 surgeons and they both said surgery is the best for you ..Especially since C-6 is pressing up against my spinal cord ..I have weakness in my left arm and shoulder..But no numbness ...What I'm really asking is ,How bad is the post OP?


  • LizLiz Posts: 8,835
    edited 03/22/2015 - 6:57 AM

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  • Hi Lawrence. I don't have an answer to your question, but I do want wish you well on tomorrows surgery. Good luck. Ken
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  • mab444mmab444 Posts: 1
    edited 03/24/2015 - 9:03 AM
    I had same surgery in 2012 at age 42 (ACDF 3 level 4-7). I also had cervical myelopathy (C5-6 was sticking in to my spine - and spine was still indented after surgery). I had terrible headaches (which they said was very unusual given how far down the neck my herniations were), pain in neck/shoulder area, numbness, tingling and twitching in the arms. Recovery took me a while, but be patient and take it slow. Now, 2+ years later, I am doing good and only have nerve pain in neck when I exercise for an extended period. Please let me know if I can do anything to help. Good luck.

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