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ACDF - did you have fusion problems?

Hello all. Tomorrow is 7 weeks post-op for ACDF C6-7.    Has anyone had fusion problems?  Did you have any symptoms that clued you in?   I am having unusual discomfort the past week or so that was not there before.  Almost like something is stuck in my neck.  (not my throat)

I have a follow up x-ray scheduled...just feeling worried.

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  • I can't answer that q. but i can ask one. c5 and c6 acdf's 3 week. I lifted sth around 3-4 kg and i felt a little snap. Now some of my muscles started tingling a bit more than usual. Have you ever had such a thing?
  • Hello Salgirl

    I had two level acdf three months ago.  Went in and had xrays and guess what? top of doner bone fusing but not bottom.  This way at both levels.  I thought having surgery was good Idea.  Not so sure now.  Pain is as bad or worse than before.  How do I know I am not fusing you ask?  Much more pain.  Pain, pain, and more pain.  I cant sleep most nights more than four hours.  Still on pain pills after three months.  Good  luck

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  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,778
    Salgal -

    I have dealt with "non-union"" pseudarthrosis""FSS - Failed Surgery Syndrome" of my neck.  It lead to a massive revision as documented in My Story link below.  I knew 6 weeks post my first surgery that something wasn't right.  It took me almost 1.5 years to find a surgeon that had the guts to tell me that "the whole thing needed to be revised +++.  

    Of most concern to me was that allograft (Freeze dried dead person bone) was used instead of autograft (My own live bone harvested from my iliac crest.

    The signs of non-union can closely mimic presurgical symptoms plus potentially more.  To diagnose status of fusion ..... usually a cat scan is used.  

    Hope this helps a bit,

    MN
  • I know with me, both fusions I had done led to increase in pain and discmfort about 2-3 months post surgery.  Each time, I went to the hospital as I thought something was wrong...after an MRI each time, it proved that everything was ok in the cervical spine area and that there was no longer compression in the cord pathway......not sure what that means for you but I just glad that it is ok for me.
  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510
    First, 7 weeks is still pretty early for fusion.

    Second, when in doubt call your surgeon's office.

    Last, ask your surgeon about a Bone Growth Stimulator (BGS) as it might increase your chances of success.

    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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  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,778
    After my major revision - I was confirmed with solid fusion via CAT scan at 6 weeks.  No bone growth stimulator .... that didn't do beans for the first attempt.

    MN

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