| | Saw dr -- Surgery needed IMMEDIATELY - ACDF
I had my first consult with a surgeon for my severe spinal stenosis c5-6. He said I need surgery ASAP (one-level ACDF) due to severe spinal cord compression with osteophyte, bad herniated disc, signal change, hoffmann's sign, etc. He seemed like a great surgeon - he is the head of the spine institute at a top hospital. The date they gave me is less than 2 weeks away! I told them that I have a 2nd opinion set up for next week and then I would make my decision. I was kind of shocked at the rapidity of it all, but my MRI pictures which he showed me are AWFUL looking.
The good news is that he thinks I can go back to playing tennis one day, etc. He says NO collar after surgery and 3 weeks to be back to work. He said I cannot wait until the artificial disc gets approval - that this is TOO urgent.
I will see what the other dr. says next week, but I am both feeling so shocked as well as relieved to get this done.
Thanks to everyone for their support,