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A year out and I am not fused from two level 5-6,6-7 ACDF. No longer seeing the surgeon that performed the surgery basically because he didn't give me the time of day post surgery and only seen his PA. New doctor is calling it a failed fusion and first suggested going back in through the neck and take a piece of bone from the hip. After new MRI he stated the the cage my previous DR used is intricate like lattice looking and he is no longer confident he could do it through the front. He explained through the back is a harder recovery and more intensive. He has me on a bone growth stimulator machine in an attempt this thing to fuse. It's real late in the game though from what I am reading. My surgeon never had me on this machine after surgery and I am now aware that not all doctors recommend it after fusion surgery. Has anyone here taken over a year to fuse ? I really am trying to avoid another surgery, especially through the back of my neck . I am still experiencing numbness in my hand as well as weakness and my range of motion is pretty bad. Infrequently I am still getting these bad spasms in my upper trapezius, these painful episodes were the first symptoms I had many years ago that eventually prompted an MRI. I am back to seeing pain management doctors for trigger point shots again. Anyone going through something similar? I would love to know what your doing and your current or past course of action. Thank you
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