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I am scheduling an anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion in the very near future. This will be done to the vertebrae C3-C7. I am wondering if anyone can tell me how much mobility/flexibility I may/may not have once the surgery is over and I have healed.

I am about to turn (a very young) 59. I realize this will most likely take 6mos to a year to recover enough to begin considering a D&F to my lumbar section..and I am nervous.

If anyone will share their experience, I would be most grateful for any advice u can give.

Thank you, Nancy B


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I'm scheduled to have an ACDF on 2/6 and am very nervous too. I don't have any idea what to expect. I've had lower back/leg/feet pain for two years. In June I had a microdisectomy to repair a herniation at L5-S1. I ended up reherniating shortly after surgery and since then I've tried PT and acupuncture with no relief.

    On 12/31 I had a pre op appt with my surgeon to schedule a lumbar fusion. I told him I had started getting numbness and tingling in my hands and fingers. He sent me for a cervical MRI before deciding on a lumbar fusion. The MRI showed severe herniation at C6-7 that is compressing my Spinal cord. Funny thing is, I don't really have much pain at all in my neck.

    Dr said that I need to have that taken care of before my lumbar spine is dealt with because I am at risk of paralysis if I were to suffer any trauma. He also said that it may help relieve my lower body pain once my spinal cord is decompressed.

    The problem that I am having is lots of anxiety regarding post op pain since I don't have any now. I planned on post op pain after L5-S1 fusion but I was ready to deal with that because I've been suffering for so long. This situation is different though.

    When is your surgery scheduled for? I wish you well and hope it will relive your pain and you can get on with your life.
    Herniation of l5 S1 l4 , DDD , microdisectomy in June 2013 and re herniation in September
    Cervical herniation at C5-7 Jan 2014 with impingement of spinal cord. 2 level cervical fusion Feb. 2014 and 2 level lumbar fusion in April 2014
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