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Old 09-02-2013, 09:20 AM   #1
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Question Has anyone ever had complications from acdf surgery?

My husband who is 71 /cardiac patient will be having a level 3 acdf this Thursday. Also, what should I do about our 5 1/2 month old puppy? He has not yet learned to stay down or not jump on people, very high energy? Please any answers or help will be appreciated.

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Re: Has anyone ever had complications from acdf surgery?

Hello to you vickiem,
Yes, there are people who had complications from this type of surgery.

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Re: Has anyone ever had complications from acdf surgery?

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Hello to you vickiem,
Yes, there are people who had complications from this type of surgery.
Did you have any complications and if so, what were they? I just want to be aware ahead of time. Thanks

 
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Re: Has anyone ever had complications from acdf surgery?

Hello again. I said, yes, there are people who had complications. Some people have problems swallowing food, and in some rare cases it can make a person disabled.

If I were you, I would go to the best orthopedic surgeon who has done (at least) 10,000 neck surgeries and discuss it with him. yes, 10,000 surgeries.

Why does he need to do this surgery? is a must? What happened to him? Does he suffer from constant neck pain 24/7?

No, no, I have not done neck surgery (not yet). I am not that lucky, my dear friend, couple of years ago I have been in a car accident and had a whiplash. and I understand you are about 70 years old also? so you probably curse the invention of cars. Carriages are better. Never heard of anyone who had a whiplash caused by carriages. Add to it that doctors do not understand about whiplash even today.

I wish you and your husband all the best

 
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Re: Has anyone ever had complications from acdf surgery?

Like ALL surgeries, there can be complecations from an ACDF procedure. They can range from anesthesia reactions all the way to permanent damage to the spinal cord. No one here can cover with you the range of potential complecations and do justice to the topic. In trying to do so all they will accomplish is scaring the bejesus out of you! That isn't what you need right now as I'm sure you already have more than your share of fears. Instead, please write down the concerns you have and take them with you to the hospital (or pre-op office visit if you still have one coming up). Before your husband signs the consent for surgery, all of the questions you both have should be answered to your satisfaction. If they are not, then do not proceed with the surgery! I've been through it twice. I had a single level ACDF at C4-5 in 2006. I had no improvement in my symptoms and I developed what they call adjacent segment degeneration where the disks on each side of a fusion break down and degenerate due to the stress placed upon them by the fused level no longer being able to perform its "shock absorber" functions. This necessitated an extension of my fusion to 3 levels in February 2013, so I am now fused from C3 to C6. So far I have not had a good outcome from the second procedure and my pain is worse than ever. Luckily I understood from my surgeon that pain relief was not the primary goal of my surgery. Instead, protecting my cord from the severe compression that had developed was the primary goal, and that was accomplished thank goodness! I don't care if I hurt as long as I can still move and take care of myself and my family.

Please, make sure you are both well informed by your providers. You have every right in the world to ask all the questions you want. Then if there is some facet of their answers that you want to hear more about from people who have experienced it first hand, that is where the community on this board can step in and be very helpful! There are lots of wonderful folks here who have lived through all kinds of challenges. But we tend to give the best answers to questions that are rather specific instead of broad and general.

Good luck to you and your husband!
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Re: Has anyone ever had complications from acdf surgery?

I had a C3-4 ACDF in 1996. No complications, and pretty good recovery from pre-existing symptoms.

Remember, those two vertebrae are held together with a screwed-in titanium clamp. They aren't going anywhere...

 
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Re: Has anyone ever had complications from acdf surgery?

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Hello again. I said, yes, there are people who had complications. Some people have problems swallowing food, and in some rare cases it can make a person disabled.

If I were you, I would go to the best orthopedic surgeon who has done (at least) 10,000 neck surgeries and discuss it with him. yes, 10,000 surgeries.

Why does he need to do this surgery? is a must? What happened to him? Does he suffer from constant neck pain 24/7?

No, no, I have not done neck surgery (not yet). I am not that lucky, my dear friend, couple of years ago I have been in a car accident and had a whiplash. and I understand you are about 70 years old also? so you probably curse the invention of cars. Carriages are better. Never heard of anyone who had a whiplash caused by carriages. Add to it that doctors do not understand about whiplash even today.

I wish you and your husband all the best

The reason you don't hear of "Whiplash from Carriages" is because they have been out dated for what 100 years now? And most folks from that era are long gone by now.

Yes, I am sure to approximately 1920 or so there was several ailments from being tossed & bounced around from the rough brick & dirt roads.
Think about it riding in a wagon or carriage with no real suspension.

And for a doctor to have performed 10,000 neck surgeries or even assisted in 10,000 surgeries period since completing medical school. Not residency that would put the surgeon at what age now? I say about 11 years into his practice which is about right if he/she performed them at the rate of 3 per day at 300 days a year.
Otherwise put the doctor at 15 to 18 years into practice & then would either have a very good reputation or a complete failure by then.

No, I am not saying you are wrong what-so-ever... I am saying there is more to what you push so hard than whiplash injuries. Some people actually have damage to their bones, nerves & such other parts involved in that area.
Also I know you have suffered a whiplash & have not found a cure for your injury. Has any doctor even suggested any kind of muscle or tendon adjustment of any kind?
Has a doctor or rehab specialist even came close to helping you?

The reason I ask you all of these questions is to better understand your point of views.

Also "vickiem55", Laenini gives you some very, very good advice in her post I don't think I can even add to the post on suggestions.

With the puppy problem I would have a leash on him/her to help keep him down from your husband or have a gate put up to stay in another room. Or plenty of pillows for padding.
I know the first week or so any kind of quick jerks or sudden surprises was scary & painful. even if it was a 3 pound Yorkie.

Best of luck to you & your better half. Keep us how the progress is going for him.
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