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Went in for acdf, left with something else.

Just had my follow-up with my doctor.  Had a c4-5, c6-7 discectomy.  I was suppose to have fusion done as well as have my old plate taken out, but excessive bone growth made it a difficult job (5 hours).  Weighing risk against benefit he left in the old plate and put in artificial discs.
I came out of surgery with immediate positive results.  I got the feeling back in my hands and any numbness went with it.  Shoot I did not even bleed after this.  Other than a 2 day bout with severe charlie horse like cramps it has been a wonderful recovery.  I cannot do any heavy lifting but I can drive and do not need to wear that anxiety inducing collar any longer.
Again it comes down to wear you have your surgery done.  I drove a little further than last time and it made all the difference.  Boston traffic,  so be it.


  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510
    Wow.  That is great news for you.  I am so glad.

    Thanks for the update, I am looking forward to more as your recover.


    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

  • Congratulations! 
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    So glad your results are so positive! And your recovery going so well!
    It is always good to hear such encouraging experiences!
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

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