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Third cervical procedure coming up
hi all, I'm dave 62yrs old coming upon my third acdf in the next few weeks, no date yet I have to get my ducks in a row before I go under.
anyway my first acdf at C5-6 was back in early 2002 I will always remember my recovery, as you all know it is hell. All went extremely well for me though and I was back to work and pain free in a few months. I enjoyed 4 years of pain free unrestricted activity until 2006 I started having numbness and tingling and loss of strength in my other arm. Diagnosed the same and told of the herniated disc after my first procedure, I was angry the doctor didn't do anything about it the first time, I resisted another acdf and I was able to get in with a clinical trial and in 2006 I had acdp C4-5 artificial disc implant. Recovery seemed to me to be faster and this time I was back to work in less than one month. I have had the past ten years with no problems whatsoever until recent numbness pain and loss of strength and an MRI have pointed to herniated disc at C6-7. The disc has picked my spinal nerve severely indicating another acdf is recommended to minimize loss of function in my left arm. So despite not wanting it, I would prefer another implant my insurance will not cover the procedure, only fusion, so I'm getting another fusion. Certainly not looking forward to it but I can say that I have enjoyed pain free existence following each procedure. I don't know what caused the condition could have been injuries when I was young, could be just getting old, I cannot do anything about that so I'm opting for the chance to be pain free again and hopefully this will be the last such procedure I ever have to do.
while I appreciate the range of motion I was able to retain from the artificial disc, it did not prevent adjacent disc failure and here we go again.
I look forward to reading all the rest of your posts and I hope for all of your speedy recovery. I will post more as I go through this again and look forward to any comments.