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ACD Arthroplasty resulting in ACDF

Hi All,
I had an ACD Arthroplasty on C5/6 on Apr 26, 2016. The recovery did not go well, and my symptoms became worse. X-rays showed abnormal angulation and movement of the artificial disc, so I was scheduled to have it removed. I had an ACDF on Aug 26, 2016. The surgeon told me that the disc was defective. The abnormal angulation was because the center piece had became dislodged and was preventing the correct movement and placement of the disc. He also stated  that C5/6 were completely unstable because of this. I am so thankful that I had not gotten into a car accident during the period of instability. Just curious if anyone else has experienced this. When I asked the surgeon how many times he has seen this happen, he said never. 


  • hi, tonya!

    wow...i am so glad that your surgeon found the problem before something traumatic like a car accident did!!  oh my goodness--you must feel like you won the spine lottery on that one! 

    there are members here who would be more familiar with your situation than i am (lumbar fusion patient!), so hopefully, you'll hear from some of them once they've had a chance to see your post!  we have a really wonderful and giving "community" of people here, and these forums (and the wealth of information on them!) have been an integral part of my own recovery!

    i'd like to welcome you to the forums!  please click on the following link for some helpful information to get you started!

      welcome to spine-health

    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
  • Thanks so much, Kimmy72
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  • One more question for everyone. I know that the success and timeline of fusion is different for everyone, but I am concerned about work requirements. I am in the Navy, and my job requires going on ships to inspect and run drills. After my first surgery, I went right back on the ships after 30 days. It did cause a lot of extra pain, but nothing I couldn't handle. After this fusion, I am scheduled for two underway periods. The first is at 7 weeks and the second is at 10 weeks. The smaller Naval ships can be rocky and falling is a possibility. That is how I initially injured myself. Also, sometimes, we have to meet the ships at sea. This requires riding in a small boat and climbing up a rope ladder. I will discuss this with my NS at my next follow up....but I was wondering if anyone on here had an idea of limitations.  
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