I am scheduled to have ACDF c4-5 c5-6 the first week of April 2016, using cadaver bone. I have heard horror stories of failed bone grafts and increased pain instead of decreased pain. If you have had ACDF please share your experience with me so I can determine if I want to go through with this.
I am 48 years old and was in a motor vehicle accident iAugust 2015. I was merging into traffic, twisted from the waist up looking over my left shoulder, when I was hit from behind. The impact flung me backwards between my seats and I have had chronic neck and mid-back pain ever since. MRIs show multiple herniated and protruding discs in my cervical and thoracic spine, as well as a reversed spinal lordosis. The reason for the surgery is I apparently had asymptomatic spinal stenosis when I was hit, now it is symptomatic and had put me in Level 10 pain. I have tried PT, cortisone shots, and epidurals -- none of which worked. I had RFA on my right and left cervical spine which helped to alleviate a lot of pain, but it did not help the pain in my cervical or thoracic spine (pain level 3-7 depending on my work load).
Please let me know the good and bad of our ACDF. Thank you.