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    Old 07-20-2003, 07:12 PM   #1
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    Question 4-level ACDF veterans out there?

    Well everybody, second opinion coming-in voting for the C3-7, 4 level ACDF job because of central and foraminal stenosis due to some disc bulging and osteophytes.

    I'm still going to see some more docs, but I'd really appreciate first-hand feedback from other's experiences with this. I'm not too in-love with something sounding this drastic (long recovery, stovepipe neck, continuing pain + throat probs as I've seen from some other folks on this board)
    ...particlarly since symptoms are now just more irritating than incapacitating(left arm pain and bicep weakness), for the time being.

    Any regrets?

    Any folks try steroid injections?

    Look forward to hearing from y'all.


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    Old 07-20-2003, 07:51 PM   #2
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    I am not about to say that I can relate!!
    I will not even say, "i understand."........

    I don't!

    My only word's to you are..
    Have you had other opionions?
    Have you exhausted your resources?
    Have you truly! researched this?

    I am also curious as to how you got into this condition......

    Please excuse me if I am asking questions
    which you have already replied to......

    Please ecscuse me if it is none of my business!

    Please consider youself added onto my "hopes & prayers"

    Until later,


    Old 07-20-2003, 08:08 PM   #3
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    I don't remember anyone here in the past 6 months or so having a 4-level ACDF; in fact, I'm one of the few that has had a 3-level job...

    I would get a second opinion! And maybe a third!!! This would be pretty drastic, I think, from my non-professional viewpoint. And you know, you'll only be trading in one set of symptoms for another... and there will be more surgery sown the road for you... I've had my second surgey, and I'm glad to say they were 14 years apart, but there are those here that have had them only a few months apart. So much depends on not only your particular body and its injuries but also on your surgeon and his skills! So you have to be very careful.


    • 12/29/89 C5-6 Microdiskectomy (no fusion)
    • 4/9/03 ACDF C4-7 with plating and donor bone
    • 12/29/89 C5-6 Microdiskectomy (no fusion)
    • 4/9/03 ACDF C4-7 with plating and donor bone

    Old 07-20-2003, 08:10 PM   #4
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    FBK -

    I had a 3 level from C4/5/6/7 just over 10 months ago. I don't have regrets on the surgery, but regerets over the surgeon. I still have a blockage at C5/6 and now the xrays show a screw has changed angles. It may have popped out of my bone. So I may have to have the hardware replaced and get a posterior lami as well.

    You are suffering from arm weakness, I did not. I'm not sure if steriod injections are going to help you. They will abate the pain, but not the weakness.

    I don't know if you would consider it, but have you thought about sending your MRI records to Dr. Jho in Pittsburg, PA or some other surgeon specializing in minimally invasive surgery? He may be able to offer you a different surgery than fusion. Remember fusion is forever.

    Whatever you do, be informed about your choices.

    L3/4 Lam. 2/2001
    ACDF C5/6/7 8/2002
    L4/L5 Herniated 1/2003

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