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    Old 01-20-2011, 01:23 PM   #1
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    3 level ACDF(donor bone) 3 day post surgical

    Well this is my first post, I'm a 42 y/o male 3 day post op 3level ACDF(donor bone). So far so good the numbness and tingling down both arms has stopped. So far I have retained full motor control of my right hand, was losing some motor control before surgery. Strength seems to be returning.

    Was just wondering if there is anything I should be watching for as the healing process continues. Or if there was any advise anyone could give me that would ease the process along.

    Thanks alot for any help

     
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    Old 01-21-2011, 10:24 AM   #2
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    Re: 3 level ACDF(donor bone) 3 day post surgical

    Rest! Your neck needs time to heal. And expect the course to be up and down with pain increases at times as things inside heal.

    A lot of people don't realize this used to be a 1 year+ recovery. They would use your own bone and then wait and it would often take a year+ for the bone to fuse and you had to wear a collar for the entire time. Now, with BMP to speed things up, you fuse in about 6 months but usually are good enough to go without a collar after just a few weeks. But all of us have to worry about a failure to fuse...the #1 problem.

    My advice, beside rest...eat lots of food with calcium...milk, yogurt, ice cream, green leafy veggies. Take B vitamins to help the nerves heal better. Watch your neck mechanics...movement, your pillow, supporting your head when in the car...be very kind to your neck as it heals. If you go to PT, learn and keep up the exercises for a good 6 months. Use your collar as told....we all hate them but we need them.

    I'm sure others will be along to add more.

    BTW, I don't have an ACDF...I am posterior and a 6 level fusion...C3 to T1. But the advice is still the same.

    gentle hugs..............Jenny

     
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    Old 01-21-2011, 02:20 PM   #3
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    jennybyc- You mentioned that yo fuse in 6 months. Do you know how long it takes to see some bone growth on an x ray. Just curious. I am 6 weeks post op of 2 level ACDF using a bone stimulator 4 hours a day

     
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    Re: 3 level ACDF(donor bone) 3 day post surgical

    I can't actually say. I know I had x-rays at 3 weeks that showed fusion starting(I fell backwards and hit my head on the fridge) but I had an experimental bone putty that is still in clinical trials and not the regular bone soaked in BMP. So it is expected to grow even faster and fuse faster than the current treatments.

    Your doc should see some growth by 6 weeks and then make sure you get another check around 6 months with x-rays. I've talked to others here who have missed that check-up(or wasn't done) and that seems to be the time when they know you are fused. If not, then they need to act.

    My first neck surgery, I had 4 bone grafts put in(bone soaked in BMP). At 3 months, my neck shifted(I dislocated 5 vertebrae) and 3 of the 4 broke away from the vertebrae, one falling into the spinal canal and doing a lot of damage so obviously, bone soaked in BMP does not grow as fast as the new putty that was used to fix those fractures. It survived my falling, rolling backwards and hitting the fridge...hard.

    But in talking to someone who had major problems with a failure to fuse, they should something no later than 3 months.

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    Old 01-22-2011, 10:22 AM   #5
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    jennybyc, Thanks for your reply. I had an appt at 2 weeks, 6 weeks and one planned for another month. The OSS takes x rays, does an exam and answers all of my questions. I also wear a bone stim for 4 hours a day. I know I just got my notes from surgery, they used a PEEK cage with BMP within and it seems outside also along with bone pieces or fragments. A plate from matronics. Sorry that you fell backwards, must have been scary.
    No bone growth at 6 weeks I am concerned because of severe DDD and arthritis. I don't have rheumatoid arthritis but it runs in my family. I am not a smoker. I am just scared that I am going to be one of the few who do not fuse and need additional surgery. I am trying to be patient, but I am emotionally going out of my mind. Physically I am behaving myself, no lifting more than 5 pounds.
    Thanks for all of your support it si most helpful.

     
    Old 01-22-2011, 11:12 AM   #6
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    Re: 3 level ACDF(donor bone) 3 day post surgical

    RA doesn't usually affect the spine except for C1-2 so don't worry about that. So I would just keep on doing what you're doing and see what they find in another month.

    Eat lots of calcium rich foods and take some Vit. D....1000 IU's a day is what I take. I have osteoporosis and I get an IV treatment once a year for it but other than that, I just take my Vit. D and eat lots of yogurt and cottage cheese. Haven't even had to take calcium supplements as the D brings the level up by itself. So eat your dairy and green leafy veggies and take some D...it will help with bone growth.

    Once you are all fused, have yourself checked for osteoporosis with a bone density test...painless and quick. You need a strong spine! No one checked me prior to surgery and it turned out I had a big problem so I'm surprised I fused so well. It should be part of the pre-op in my mind. Guess that new stuff did a good job!

    Hang in there and wait and see.

    hugs...........Jenny

     
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    Wonder why RA only affects C1-2 and not the others. Strong family history of RA. I had mega does of Vit D when mine were low about a year ago. I eat a few yogurts every day along with milk and cheese. Not as good with the green leafy veggies. I plan on calling the GP and/or Gyn about the bone density test. While I am out of work it will be easy for me to get to an appt as opposed to when I start working again. I am not a patient person, but I am trying to be strong and wait until my next appt.
    Good luck to you too. Stay warm and strong.

     
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    Re: 3 level ACDF(donor bone) 3 day post surgical

    If RA is non-issue, what about OA? Cause I was diagnosed with OA 2 years ago in just about every discernible joint and possible place to have it?

    Also, swelling, how much is normal in a 3 level ACDF? I've got discernible swelling on the wound side of my neck, actually had to loosen my collar cause it was starting to choke me. Is this normal or should I get on the horn to my NS and start complaining?

     
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    Re: 3 level ACDF(donor bone) 3 day post surgical

    Hi, I am currently 18 days post op on c4 c5, c6 and c7, having previously had an acdf on c5, c6 11 years ago. 11 years ago i had my own bone implanted, this time i had a cage an artificial bone implanted!

    I have been lucky both times having had very little pain after the ops! except for the sore throat and swallowing for a couple of days after the ops! I have been pain relief free for the last 14 days!!

    I am guessing you guys are in the States, I am in Britain and it seems as if the doctors there are more health and safety conscious! as I was not given a soft collar and told to refrain from heavy lifting for 6 weeks!

    The doctors here also didn't put much emphasis on the bone not fusing, or at least they never mentioned this posibilibity to me!

    Having read your posts and similar i am beginning to worry that these things could happen!! This op feels different, this time I can feel the metal plate as i swallow, which i couldn't do after the first op, but then again i suppose the plate is 3 times as long!

    Thank you for your posts i feel more aware of what may or may not happen!

     
    Old 02-19-2011, 04:28 PM   #10
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    Re: 3 level ACDF(donor bone) 3 day post surgical

    Welcome to the club my NS just released me to go back to work(light duty). My neck feels AWESOME, some residual numbness at the surgical site and that's at 31 days post surgical, he says that will continue for awhile. He's also looking at cutting on my low back, after my very first microdiscectomy in Sept 09 I developed Epidural Fibrosis in the surgical scar and another herniated disc at the L-5 S-1 slot with a broad based impingement on both exit foramina. He's not really optimistic about getting by with another microdiscectomy going to have to fuse L-3 thru S-1. Freaking yay me!!!!

     
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