Hi Dara and Welcome to the forum! You've been given some excellent advice from people who know what this is like! Although I haven't had a multiple fusion at one time, I have had 3 fusions done on my cervical spine one at a time. 2 of them were ACDF's and one was done posterior with rods and pins. From my personal opinion the posterior approach was at least ten times worse than the Anterior approach. It was not only allot more painful after the surgery, it took a very long time to heal and recuperate and for the pain to finally go away!! Not saying that the ACDF is a picnic because one can always have complications with that type surgery too! My first ACDF I had some major problems but that was back when the Anterior approach was a realitivly new form of surgery. Most all my surgeries are pretty well covered in my post on this forum.
Anyway we have some very knowledgeable people on this forum and also some extremely compassionate and caring folks too! I hope you find this forum and the people on it as helpful and caring as I have during these trying times when your having these surgerical procedures performed. Folks here helped me immensely through some very difficult times!!
I wish you all the best, and if I or any of us here can be of any assistance to you just let us know! Good luck to you Dara!!
Moderator Chronic Pain
USAF retired in Sept.1991. I went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, I worked on Oncology and Med Surg, Disabled in late 1999, was approved SSD in early 2002! Diagnosed with: DDD and Multiple herniated Disks; Foraminotomy L3/4/5 Jan 2013; Posterior Articular Joint fusion Nov 2010; C5/6 ACDF Sep 2009; C6/7 ACDF 1985; Implanted pain Pump Jun 2014.
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