My wife tells me to not be so worked up about
this and just let things happen as they are meant to. I have no interest in changing what is suggested, but in anything I do, I research and study things until I am confident I know everything I need to know.
Abilene, I have a working document I add things to when I think of a new question for the surgeon. I am sure some of it will be answered before I need to ask, but I do not want any surprises. I have read through many of the Chronic Pain ACDF threads. I do learn things and can relate to many. I see so many people not able to work or function normally for months after 1-3 level ACDF's. After both of mine, I was up and active quick. I had my last one in November 2010 and was making maple syrup (requiring heavy lifting) four months later.
My arthritis is worse and I am older than ever (duh) so I know this is different. From what I have read, adding a level of fusion makes a big difference in recovery time.
I might add that as long as my C5-C6 & C6-C7 fusions are sound and the nerves have space, he will leave those alone so technically, the ACDF will be three additional levels to create a 5 level fusion.
Age 50 - USAF Veteran - 80% VA Disability rating
Psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, DDD, moderate to severe cervical stenosis, several heriations. Chronic pain
C5-C6 ACDF w/plate and cage. C6-C7 ACDF w/ bone plug.
Post Edited (newmanmaple) : 2/27/2017 6:45:53 AM (GMT-7)