Thank you for your response, it is sincerely appreciated!
I don't have Kyphosis at the moment. I've read, and I'm concerned that, kyphosis could occur as a result of the ACDF procedure. And, I'm further concerned with the potential of other problems occurring as a result as well. I've outline a few concerns in my initial note but really was asking the forum if there are other things that should also concern me long-term or otherwise.
ACDF has not been scheduled yet, pending insurance approval. But likely looking to schedule in early Feb. Procedure will be conducted by Dr. Brummett of Concord Orthopedics in NH.
I've asked him about
possible long-term negative problems as a result of ACDF. He's indicated that based on my MRI results, he doesn't anticipate any issues, doesn't see any significant problems with the adjacent vertebrae. But having said that, there is a lot of information to the contrary. I've looked up previous long-term studies on ACDF and they are limited and dated at best. Most report anywhere from a 15 to 25% chance of people requiring additional treatment at about
the 3-4 year mark and then the percentage numbers increase after that in parallel with years after surgery. Mostly due to the adjacent vertebrae having to overcompensate for the lack of movement in the fused vertebrae. Therefore causing them to become damaged over time, resulting in additional treatment. This is where my concern lies.
Almost everything that I've read indicates extremely positive results immediately following surgery and even during follow-up. Again, it's around the 3-4 yr mark that you start to see problems.
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