Re: CT Scan Results Discouraged!!!!!
I could be wrong, but I doubt that an ACDF could reach the facet problem. I don't know about the uncovertabral problem, either. That might depend on the surgeon. Anyway, it would seem that the surgery left you with a "moderate to severe" foraminal problem at left C4. Perhaps as bad, the surgery did not even fix the disk-osteophyte complex at C3-4. And I really don't understand the "protrusion" that's still there. What, exactly, is "protruding"? Usually, when a radiologist uses that word, he means that a disk is protruding, but your disk was removed, wasn't it?
Looks like they sort of fixed the C4-5. When you say "laminectomy", do you mean they removed the entire lamina at that level (and that level only?), did they just remove part of it, or did they just shave some off the inside (usually called a "laminotomy")?
At C5-6, if you don't currently have a symptomatic problem, if looks like you are heading for one.
WL, I want to stress that I'm just an amateur with more experience than he'd like to have (three cervical operations over sixteen years). I would also like to stress that you need TWO more opinions, OTHER THAN from the doc who operated or anyone he knows. You need to hear from people who feel no need to justify or excuse past actions and, frankly, I think you need to hear from people who are BETTER than this first guy. You need a comprehensive explanation of what SHOULD have been done the first time, and what should be done now.
Get the best opinions you possibly can, even if you have to travel and/or pay out of pocket.
BTW, what, exactly, did your first MRI say about the C3-4 level (including the disk problem), and also the C4-5 level?
Last edited by WebDozer; 08-29-2012 at 03:55 AM.