Neurology Community
disc replacement vs. fusion
About This Community:

This forum is for questions and support regarding neurology issues such as: Alzheimer's Disease, ALS, Autism, Brain Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Chronic Pain, Epilepsy, Headaches, MS, Neuralgia, Neuropathy, Parkinson's Disease, RSD, Sleep Disorders, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

disc replacement vs. fusion

I am a 46 year old female who had cervical disc replacement surgery at C5-6 and C6-7.  My surgery was in March 2009 and since I woke up from surgery I had a terrible pain in the back of my neck.  I have had continued pain and problems and sinceFebruary of 2010, my doctor, who is an orthopedic spine specialist, felt that the artificial disc at C5-6 was slightly posterior and that the bottom endplate had moved.  In September he mentioned removing the disc and fusing that level and C4-5 which is now bad.  In October, he mentioned just fusing C5-6 and putting another disc replacement at C4-5.  I have been seeing a Neuorosurgeon (due to insurance reasons) and he felt I was never a candidate for disc replacement because of the nature of my injury.  (I had a auto accident)  He felt that you need to stablilize those levels so the tendons and ligaments don't move and can heal.  He wants to take the artificial discs out and fuse all three levels.  My other doctor is against it and said I don't know what I'm about to undertake with this surgery and that I'll regret it as I'll lose a great deal of motion and be in a lot of pain.  Can someone who has had a three-level fusion shed some light on this type of surgery.  Will I not be able to move my neck again?  Please help.  I can no longer take all this pain.  Thanks  
Related Discussions
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Neurology Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
The 3 Essentials to Ending Emotiona...
19 hrs ago by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Control Emotional Eating with this ...
Sep 04 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating Control: How to St...
Aug 28 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Neurology Answerers
338416_tn?1260996698
Blank
jensequitur
Fort Worth, TX
620923_tn?1405964489
Blank
selmaS
Allentown, PA
1780921_tn?1384615710
Blank
flipper336
Chandler, AZ
352007_tn?1372861481
Blank
LisaJF
10389859_tn?1409925468
Blank
Foggy2
1667208_tn?1333111449
Blank
zygy2
NH