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I'm scheduled for my third ADCF fusion surgery on January 12, this time at C4/C5 for cervical instability. My first ADCF was April 2007 at C6/C7 and second was C3/C4 March 2014 for a broken facet joint. C2/C3 and C5/C6 auto fused the last three years. Once C4/C5 is fused, I'll be fused from C2 thru C7, thanks to being rear end whiplashed 39 years ago. By body tried to auto fuse C4/C5 since my March 2014 surgery, but failed because of too much movement at C4/C5. I've ended up with a "fish hook" osteophyte that extends from the bottom of C4 to the middle of C5. I am concerned about stability of C1/C2, but multiple spine surgeons claim that level is fine. I hope they are correct, because I was told the C4/C5 joint was fine three years ago.
My question to readers of this post, has anyone had ADCF surgery for cervical instability? I had one surgeon recommend surgery from the rear of my neck, but he would not do the surgery. I think the surgeon that will be doing this surgery said to me last time is was in his office that he had to justify this procedure as "Gross Cervical Instability". I hope that I can get some quality of life back, because these last three years have been terrible.
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