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Old 08-16-2006, 07:51 PM   #1
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acd w/out fusion update

I've posted a few times here- "acd w/out fusion", "discogram anyone", "acd success stories"

after a ton of research and soul searching, I have decided to go the non fusion ACD route w/Dr. Merrill Reuter, in Lake Worth Florida.

I'm down here in FLA now- had a discogram this morning that confirmed that I need a two level acd.

Regarding the discogram- I'm a little sore in the area of my neck where the needles were, and I've been a bit sluggish today, but not as bad as I would have thought...

The surgery is scheduled for this Friday morning. The downside of the two level acd is I'll be in a hard neck brace for upwards of 3 weeks "so they say", vs. one week for the the single level fusion...

I'm not sure how I'm going to get through the brace thing!!!

I'm feeling comfortable with my decision to avoid fusion- check back with me in a month!! Although it is a little scary to be going against the norm of fusion...

I hope that I'll be a "non fusion" success story in the months to come. I think there's a lot of people out there that don't realize that there are options other than fusion...


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Old 08-17-2006, 05:40 AM   #2
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Re: acd w/out fusion update

I just wanted to say good luck and I pray everything goes well for you! Please keep us posted as you recover on how you feel and what you are going through. Alot of people here are so nice & do care! Ginger

Old 08-17-2006, 06:47 AM   #3
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Re: acd w/out fusion update

What you are doing seems to make sense - keep us posted.

Old 08-17-2006, 06:57 AM   #4
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Re: acd w/out fusion update

best of luck and please keep in touch. i have read alot about ACD/without fusion and am very interested as i hope that will be a route i can take someday.

Old 08-19-2006, 07:21 AM   #5
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Re: acd w/out fusion update

hey. the surgery went well. the dr. removed a larger portion of the C6-7 herniation then they had expected, and feel that was the main source of my pain...

i'm a little worn out/uncomfortable/sore, the neck brace is a pain, but so far my right arm pain is gone...

the dr's have said I can go home Wed now instead of next Sat. we've got a 20 mos old staying with his grandma so we're excited to get home sooner...

I have a follow up w/the dr tues morning, I'll update again then...

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