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Cervical artificial disc replacement

AtwhitsendAAtwhitsend Posts: 1
edited 07/22/2015 - 10:11 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I have had surgery 2 years ago, i had C5/6 and C6/7 artificial disc replacements. 4 months post op my neck pain came back with a vengence. I have now developed chronic pain and my surgeon wants to fuse c5 down to t1 to eliminate any movement that may be causing the pain. I have 100% faith in him and trust him so. I have had 8 cortisone injections all with very little to no relief.
He today discussed radiofrequency to burn the nerve endings as my only other option, i would like to hear from anyone that has had this procedure done and hear success or failure stories?
I am seriously at whits end with this injury and being only 28 with a 7 month old son i am starting to give up on life which i shouldnt be.
Can anyone offer suggestions or support please?


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  • Why in the world would you fuse all the way to T1 unless something is anatomically wrong. Are the discs herniated in those areas? If not I would look at removing the artificial discs and fusing that area only.
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  • From my understanding it is dangerous to remove artificial discs which is why they fuse after. I can understand fusing that area specifically, but rather shocked that they would want to fuse everything??? I would DEFINATELY get a second opinion somewhere else to justify this surgery. Something just doesn't sound right.
  • I would imagine it is a case by case basis and also whether or not the surgeon is skilled in doing that or not. My surgeon has removed a few of them and of course substituted in a cage and plate. He says the artificial discs sometimes allow too much movement and that is the root of the problem.
  • There is no way in hell I would let someone burn healthy tissue especially nerve tissue. I think recent studies show that many RFA patients are worse off 3 to 5 years later than those that chose to do nothing for their condition except medications. I think the procedure should be banned. I do not care for physiatrists at all and if it's your neurosurgeon recommending that then I would question him or her.

    "I have had 8 cortisone injections all with very little to no relief." That is a lot. You risk damaging good tissue every time you get an injection. You are way too young to end up with a permanent condition, think hard about the treatment that you are receiving.
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