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Graft migration & fracture post ACDF

Hi everyone!

I had ACDF in Oct. 2015 and when I had my follow up in Dec 2015, everything looked okay and doc said he would see me in a year. Just shy of the year, I started having pain in my neck and shoulders again and went in.
The new X-ray shows a very different situation. The graft has fractured, compressed and migrated. I went from 1.06 cm space between the vertebrae to .20 cm space.
For some reason, the surgeon doesn't think it needs to be repaired? I also had a CT and MRI. After it all, he just said call if it hurts. It looks pretty much like a failure to me!  I'll feel ok for a couple of weeks then it will start up again.
I wonder if anyone else has been in this situation and what you did?  


  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510

    It wouldn't hurt to seek a second opinion if you doubt the opinion of the surgeon who did the work.


    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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