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3 weeks ACDF post -op 5/6 6/7.... have to 'watch' the 7/8??

At my follow up appointment for my surgery the Dr. and I were looking at the xray, and she said that because of the hardware put in sometimes it can eventually put pressure on the lower/ upper discs. She noted that there was still "Some" space that was okay between the 7/8 but that we would have to keep an eye on it.
?? So now I'm wondering if it's inevitable that I'm going to need surgery for that, and if it was somewhat questionable why wouldn't they have just done that one as well.
Now I am scared to move in fear that I'm going to herniate the 7/8.
Anybody have anything similar?
Trying to stay positive
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  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510
    dmd09

    I understand your questions - I ended up needing a second surgery for the disc just above.  I also wondered why we didn't just do it in the first place.

    It is common for the discs above and below to see extra strain and later fail.  I think, but have no real knowledge, that they don't do them because they don't always fail.

    Accept that it is possible, hope that it doesn't happen.

    Bruce

    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.

  • Hi Bruce, it's amazing that  I just posted this a few days ago. Yesterday I felt a 'pull' in the side of my neck, and it became more painful. I ended up going to the ER, I was very concerned that the plate may have moved. Luckily all the hardware was fine, but there is 'soft tissue swelling ' near the 7/8!!! My Dr., of course won't be in next week. So I'm kind of stuck I guess until he gets back.
    Unreal..... So is this what I have to look forward too? (sigh)

    How far apart were your surgeries?
    Trying to stay positive
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  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510
    dmd09


    My surgeries were almost 2 years apart.

    Don't panic yet, could just be swelling...

    Bruce

    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.

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