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Old 03-20-2011, 05:30 PM   #1
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Cervical Fusion Surgery???

Is the anyone out there with the expertise to decipher my MRI test. My doctor is a neurosurgeon and has advised me that I will need cervical fusion surgery. He said I shouldnít wait and presently itís scheduled for 3/31/11. I have no pain in my neck or arm only some stiffness. I have numbness predominantly in my left arm and less numbness in my right arm and have some numbness and tingling in left and right hands. Please note that Iíve had these symptoms for about 6 years, and Iíve recently noticed the numbness is slowly increasing. Is this surgery the best option for me?? MRI is as follows: Marked degenerative disc disease changes with moderate to marked disc narrowing at c5-c6 and c6-c7 and large posterior disc osteophyte complex at c5-c6 with underling mild stenosis with ap diameter of the canal between 7-8 mil. There is large hnp at c6-c7 more on the left than right there is also myelopathy at the c6-c7 level sm hnp on right at c4-c5. Mild to moderate spurring to right and left c6 of the uncovertebral joints into the right and left c6-c7 neural foramina and the right and left c5-6 neural foramina. Impression: Myelopathy at c5-6 and c6-7. Mild spinal stenosis at c5-c6 and c6-c7. Large left hnp at c6-c7. Prominent disc osteophyte complex both on right and left at c5-c6. Minimal right disc. Protrusion at c4-c5. Some spurring of the neural foramina as described above.

 
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:09 AM   #2
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Re: Cervical Fusion Surgery???

Yep sounds like that's exactly what you need. I just had my surgery 2/21/11. It's not as bad as it sounds. I was in the hospital one night and was released the next morning. I had two herniated discs though and the pain was unbearable prior to the surgery. I coudn't lift my right arm and the shooting pain plus numbness and tingling were making me crazy. This was from the compression of the nerve that the discs were compressing.

They went in through the front of my neck, about a 3 inch incision. My neuro said it will heal faster going in that way rather than the back and it has healed completely. A very fine line scar is in the crease of my neck. Basically no pain from the surgery, they gave me one of those morphine button things to push but I didn't need it. I was really surprised at the whole procedure, it wasn't near as bad as I thought it would be and I was in a panic the night before, LOL.

I feel two thousand percent better and am typing this from work. I was off 3 weeks, couldn't drive for the first two weeks, wore a neck brace 24/7 (that sucked, hard to sleep) for two weeks. Now the brace is off and I wear an insurance covered bone fusion stimulator 4 hours a day, I even wear it at work. It just sits around your neck like a large necklace and sends magnetic pulses to your neck. No noise, can't feel it, no big deal.

If you have any other questions feel free to ask.

 
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Re: Cervical Fusion Surgery???

Surgery to relieve numbness has a much greater success rate than surgery to relieve pain from neck problems. Once you are into the numbness stage, the next stage is paralysis and you don't want that.

I post a lot on the Spinal Cord Disorders board and we have several people there who are having or have had neck surgery(ACDF's especially) and I have found that reading their recovery posts helps a lot. Might want to check it out. I don't have an ACDF(assuming that is what you'll have) so I can't tell you what to expect.

But from your MRI, it sounds as if you have a lot of nerve and spinal cord compression and not only do your risk paralysis in your arms, but if left untouched, could lead to paralysis from your waist down as well. Compression of the spinal cord can lead to massive paralysis from that level down if not stopped. And at C5-6, you're looking at waist down and hands and wrists.

Good luck and hugs............Jenny(fused from C3 to T1)

 
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Old 04-20-2011, 04:22 AM   #4
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Re: Cervical Fusion Surgery???

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Yep sounds like that's exactly what you need. I just had my surgery 2/21/11. It's not as bad as it sounds. I was in the hospital one night and was released the next morning. I had two herniated discs though and the pain was unbearable prior to the surgery. I coudn't lift my right arm and the shooting pain plus numbness and tingling were making me crazy. This was from the compression of the nerve that the discs were compressing.

They went in through the front of my neck, about a 3 inch incision. My neuro said it will heal faster going in that way rather than the back and it has healed completely. A very fine line scar is in the crease of my neck. Basically no pain from the surgery, they gave me one of those morphine button things to push but I didn't need it. I was really surprised at the whole procedure, it wasn't near as bad as I thought it would be and I was in a panic the night before, LOL.

I feel two thousand percent better and am typing this from work. I was off 3 weeks, couldn't drive for the first two weeks, wore a neck brace 24/7 (that sucked, hard to sleep) for two weeks. Now the brace is off and I wear an insurance covered bone fusion stimulator 4 hours a day, I even wear it at work. It just sits around your neck like a large necklace and sends magnetic pulses to your neck. No noise, can't feel it, no big deal.

If you have any other questions feel free to ask.
it sounds like you got along good i slept in recliner 5 nights i had sore throat about 4 days and couldnt eat food for 4 weeks i am now starting to eat now but my pain is unbearable i have still left and right arm numbness cant get myself out of the bed which i could before surgery feels like someone is standing on my shoulders and they are sore..my incision however looks great..heling good having xrays april 26th guess i will no then..something just isnt right dont know what...feels like nerves are still pinched..myname is michelle glad your doing good

 
Old 06-24-2011, 06:59 AM   #5
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Re: Cervical Fusion Surgery???

I am 60 years old . I have been diagnosed with degenerative changes of the cervical spine with narrowed disc spaces of C5, C6. I do not have numbness of the upper limbs but only stiffness at the base of neck. I am comfortable now. I live in Sydney. Can anyone please suggest a good neurosurgeon that I can see, especially one who specialises in ACDF.

 
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