Originally Posted by WebDozer
Your MRI from four years ago indicated that you could benefit from a PCF, and a doc even suggested that to you.
Why is that now, four years later, you haven't gotten a PCF (which is relatively non-invasive procedure with a relatively quick recovery period)? And if you need an ACDF now, why are you holding out for an artificial disk? There's a reason, after all, that the insurance companies won't pay for those...
I don't even recall what a PCF is. They have always wanted to do the fusion, right from the start. But I keep reading that the disc replacement is better for a number of reasons, the biggest reason being that the adjacent levels can remain unaffected and less likely to blow out. I read the horror stories here about fusions, screws and plates loose, bone that won't fuse, long term pain, and then more surgeries when the discs above and below go out as well. In fact, from my research, the disc replacement seems to be superior in every way, more mobility, more like the original disc, and a less difficult procedure. So why don't the insurance companies allow the disc replacement?