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ACDF vs Artificial Disk Replacement


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Old 05-22-2013, 07:11 PM   #1
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ACDF vs Artificial Disk Replacement

Scheduled for ACDF but still considering ADR. One problem is limited access to ADR physicians in my city (Pittsburgh). May see one in a few days but I need a 2-level ACDF and ADR is not FDA-approved for 2-level so many Docs will not consider it.

ACDF seems like a simpler procedure than ADR and less likely to fail. But I already have somewhat limited neck movement (I twist my body to look over my shoulder) and don't want to limit myself to that or even more.

My symptoms are somewhat unusual -- only extreme weakness in the right bicep, no pain. Not sure spinal surgery will address the problem.

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Old 05-23-2013, 04:22 PM   #2
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Re: ACDF vs Artificial Disk Replacement

Extreme weakness in bicep could easily be caused by C5 radiculopathy. What did your MRI say? Are there docs who might consider foraminotomies instead of more invasive surgeries?

 
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