I had surgery in Sept 2012 ACDF of C4-C5 and C5-C6, and at that time, I also had 4 spurs and spinal stenosis removed in that same area. Below are the remarks regarding my 3rd xray performed at the 6 month mark, and I am hoping someone can help me understand what this means:
"Anterior cervical spine fixation hardware seen
with screws in the C4, C5, and C6 vertebral bodies. There is 1 mm
retrolisthesis of C4 on C5 and 3 mm retrolisthesis of C5 on C6. Findings
are similar to prior. Intravertebral body bone grafts are redemonstrated.
No prevertebral soft tissue swelling. No there are multilevel facet and
uncovertebral degenerative changes."
Aside degenerative changes described at multiple levels, the report is essentially within normal limits. Also described is a 1mm backward position of C4 vertebra on C5 vertebra and 3mm backward position of C5 vertebra on C6 vertebra, which is not particularly something to be worried aboutt.
Hope this is helpful.
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