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    Old 12-08-2015, 05:15 PM   #1
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    Acdf c5-c7 graft security

    Hi all. Thanks to everyone who have posted here, it's really helped me prepare for the surgery, recovery and to know what to expect post op. Just had my surgery yesterday, so far so good.

    I have a question about the security of the cadaver bone and hardware installed. Is it possible to knock it out of balance or out of place "accidentally"? I'm kind of aggressive by nature, I'm worried about pushing it too hard and just want to know if there are any definite "no go's" or if just in the normal moving around it can be disturbed.

    Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

     
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    Old 12-09-2015, 03:55 PM   #2
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    Re: Acdf c5-c7 graft security

    Welcome to the board. Be aware that it takes about a year for the new bone to become set and firm, even though you will show bone growth much sooner. The first twelve weeks you should always be aware of your neck and behave cautiously. Hardware is designed to hold things in place while the new bone cells form and fill in. However, it is not indestructible. Screws can break and there can be other failures as well, so it pays to follow your surgeon's instructions precisely. Don't try to push the envelope because the only person that gets hurt will be you!

     
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