I am new to this forum but not new the ACDF, as a matter of fact I am now recovering from my second surgery. In 2009 I had ACDF of the C5-C6 w/o hardware and fast forward to 3/5/15 another ACFD to the C6-C7 with hardware. My recovery seems to be slow and I am still in pain. I am in physical therapy twice a week and still am having pain on my right side, as well as not sleeping.
I went for a post op MRI and was wondering if any one can help me understand some of the findings. I know this is not medical advise but I was hoping others can relate to my issues.
PT: ACDF C5-C6-C7 Post op findings:
Reversal of cervical curvature. Antherolisthesis of C4 to C5 by 2mm-3mm. No compression fracture noted.
At C4 C5 posterior vertebral body spurring noted. Minimal bulging of the intervertebral disc is seen.
At C5 C6 post surgical changes are noted. Minimal narrowing of the neural foreman seen bilaterally. there is a relative paucity surrounding the cord centrally at the level C5- C6.
At C6-C7 minimal central disc protrusion is noted. Narrowing of the left neural foramen seen.
Cervical spondylosis noted above stable when compared to pt prior.
Ferromagnetic artifact extends approx 11.5 mm anterior to C6-C7 vertebral bodies-recommendation for further evaluation of findings.
The C2 C3 had no disc herinated C3-C4 minimal bulging noted.
Just looking to bounce some conversation around to gain perspective !