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Posted in: Neck pain, and Surgery.

C5-6 Anterior Cervical Fusion

Started by 1433019299@facebook on 09/13/2011 11:49am

I just found out yesterday that I need to have a cervical fusion on C5-6. I am also trying to decide whether to have it done next month or wait...I am getting married in May and I want to be recovered and be able to have fun and dance, etc at the wedding. Any advice from anyone who has had this done? Should I just get it done and over with or should I wail until after my wedding???

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Hi, I had 3 level ACDF on 9/2 and have to wear a Miami J (hard collar/brace) and no driving for 12 weeks. I think you'll have plenty of time to heal before your wedding. :) Hopefully someone who has their collar off can tell you how they feel also. :)


Get it done. you will be totally healed and feeling 1000% better by the time you get out of the hospital. By hallowen you will have forgotten you had it done, by May it will be a memory. IF YOU TRULY NEED it, waiting will accomplish nothing except getting worse, and you suffering. Its a breeze of a surgery esp with banked bone and titaneum plate. You wake up, do not need a collar, and its really nice to not have those burning arms, weakness etc.

Dont wait. You will regret it especially when you see how quickly you recover.

Let me know how it goes! (BY the way, I had two levels done in 1993, bone from my hip, very painful and long recovery. (3 months). In 2009 had one level. THey used a plate and the bone was from a bone bank. That surgery was so wonderful. Make sure you see a neurosurgeon who does lots and lots of spinal surgery. There are also orthoepadic spine surgeons, either is fine. Once you find someone who is technically excellent, go with that person. I'd rather have a difficult personality and a technical genius for a surgery on my spine. Thats just me though, you will see them once before, and once or twice post op, so you dont have a lot of dealigs with them. The pain is minimal, I didn't even need pain meds. It is that easy of an opeation. Good luck.