Acdf vs acdr and what to expect

Hi, I am 36 years old and have been dealing with neck, and left arm pain and numbness since Dec. I recently took an MRI and found that I have a herniated disc at c3/c4 and it is pressing on the spinal cord and causing some stenosis. I also have ddd on c6/c7 with bone spurs. Two weeks ago I had a steroid epidural injection in my t1/c7 and I am feeling even worse then before. I finally saw a surgeon and he said it is past time for surgery. He gave me the option between a fusion  and a replacement.  I am also going for a nerve block to make sure it is the c3/c4 causing all the pain. If it’s not the culprit then I will possibly have to fuse c3-c7. I am so nervous and don’t even know where to start. Any info and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Especially on the comparison and limitations of both. 




  • challengercchallenger Posts: 1,182
    edited 07/16/2019 - 4:34 PM


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    sorry that you are dealing with this, i can't comment on disc replacement, but i have had acdf c4-c7, i was not offered replacement because of multiple disc far as the surgery, i did not think it was all that bad, recovery was the hardest part for me, i was only required to wear a soft collar when in a vehicle, so remembering not to turn my head was hard, i was allowed some movement, but told not to look down or up for 2 weeks, that's a hard thing to remember.good luck to you and keep us posted.
  • challengercchallenger Posts: 1,182
    edited 07/16/2019 - 4:35 PM

    I meant to post this link that may be helpful to you.

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  • I had cervical ADR. It was very successful. Recovery was fast and easy for me. Do your research. ADR is gaining traction in the US.

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