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Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-02-2014, 07:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 697
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Has anyone had Cervical Surgeries like mine performed?

Sorry, I haven't got a clue. Someone was posting here not too long ago about a "corpectomy", which I assume is the same as a vertebrectomy. I don't remember if they also had posterior surgery.

You...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-29-2014, 04:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 862
Posted By WebDozer
Re: C3-5 acdf

Can't be much help, other than to urge you to get as many opinions as possible. One is not enough.

How did he determine a "snapped" ligament? Is that what your radiologist's report said?
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-21-2014, 03:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,351
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Help: Multi-level Cervical Disc Disease & Herniations

Before the operation, be sure not to forget to.... um.... darn, I forgot what it is that you absolutely must do. Or was it something you must NOT do? Oh well, I'm sure I'll remember in a couple of...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-19-2014, 03:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,660
Posted By WebDozer
Re: MRI - cervical and Chiari evaluation

"Spondylosis" is like saying "it could be better".
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-19-2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,660
Posted By WebDozer
Re: MRI - cervical and Chiari evaluation

12mm? Good luck with the surgery.

I don't see anything in the report that calls out for cervical spinal surgery, but then, the use of such a vague term as "spondylosis" kind of indicates the...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-18-2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,060
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Anterior Cervical fusion or posterior foraminotomy?

Zero pain. Just loss of most strength in biceps and deltoid.
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-18-2014, 04:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,060
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Anterior Cervical fusion or posterior foraminotomy?

No upper back stiffness. Just bicep and deltoid weakness...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-18-2014, 04:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 627
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Cervical Cysts

Well, those are the levels that could cause any number of arn/hand symptoms. "Adjacent to" sounds innocuous, but let's see what the orthopedist says when he looks at the images. If he says the cysts...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-14-2014, 08:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,598
Posted By WebDozer
Re: neural foraminal narrowing, MRI help please

Probably a good thing to be diagnosed with CTS. That, at least, is something you should be able to do something about.

On the other hand, I doubt that any docs will consider that your hand/finger...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-13-2014, 09:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 627
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Cervical Cysts

A cyst is basically something that's there that shouldn't be there. If it's impinging on the nerve root as it passes thru the foramen, it could cause symptoms. I must say that your pain symptoms...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-11-2014, 11:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,580
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Failed Corpectomy---I'm TERRIFIED!

The worst thing on there - that I recognize - is the myelomalacia at C5-6. My guess is that this damage was done before the corpectomy. Your symptoms were quite severe, and it would hardly be...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-11-2014, 09:04 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,992
Posted By WebDozer
Re: ACDF in a young person?!

If your problem is with the facet, I can see no reason not to go with a foraminotomy. I think maybe you're talking to the wrong doctors.
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-11-2014, 06:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 837
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Cervical Radiculopathy vs ...

The symptoms in your hand would seem to be consistent with C7 and C8 radiculopathy, that is, those nerves are being pinched as they leave the spinal cord. However, the radiologist says nothing at all...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-10-2014, 06:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 837
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Cervical Radiculopathy vs ....

I really don't see what a chiropractor could do for you, other than harm.

As for your symptoms, what side were they on, and what fingers were/are affected?
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-10-2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,252
Posted By WebDozer
Re: What to ask the neurosurgeon??

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The radiologist mentions congenital stenosis at the lowest level. It's possible that it's only at that level, but I'd guess that it's higher up, too. As Teri said, that gives you less leeway for...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-10-2014, 10:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 7,349
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Osteodiscal Bars?? MRI translation

Did the orthopod look at the images or just read the report?

As for the leg trouble, I guess it's clear to you that this can be caused by cord impingement anywhere "upstream"? So, in the case of...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-10-2014, 08:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 7,349
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Osteodiscal Bars?? MRI translation

A pet peeve of mine (a pet the size of a musk ox, that is) is lousy radiologist reports, and you seem to have gotten one.

In any good report, there are ALWAYS descriptions of two aspects of the...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-07-2014, 04:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,060
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Anterior Cervical fusion or posterior foraminotomy?

I had three separate problems. A severely herniated C3-4 disk in 1997, facet arthropathy blocking the left C5 foramen in 2004, and multiple stenosis/obstructions in 2011. These were addressed,...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-07-2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,060
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Anterior Cervical fusion or posterior foraminotomy?

All three of my ops (ACDF, foraminotomy and laminoplasty) worked fine. I think I had three pretty good surgeons. Two of them I had to pay out of pocket, but I'd do that to get a good surgeon. My...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-07-2014, 12:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,060
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Anterior Cervical fusion or posterior foraminotomy?

Uncovertebrals are not facets. The uncovertebral "joints" are ridges on the top/back of the vertebrae (and in FRONT of the foramina). When disks wear out, they get more stress and lay on extra bone....
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-07-2014, 11:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,060
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Anterior Cervical fusion or posterior foraminotomy?

Uncovertebrals are not facets. The uncovertebral "joints" are ridges on the top/back of the vertebrae (and in FRONT of the foramina). When disks wear out, they get more stress and lay on extra bone....
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-07-2014, 10:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,060
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Anterior Cervical fusion or posterior foraminotomy?

What does your MRI report say about the cause of your foraminal stenosis? What about the canal stenosis?
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-07-2014, 08:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,060
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Anterior Cervical fusion or posterior foraminotomy?

If you had a foraminotomy done, you could always get ACDF's later, if necessary. I just don't know if a foraminotomy could sufficiently address the disks that are bulging into your foramina. When I...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-07-2014, 03:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,020
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Injections, Surgery or Do Nothing dilemma please make your comment

For my foraminotomy (left C5), I was released from the hospital 4-5 hours after the operation, and never even filled my pain meds prescription. So no lasting pain, and not much initial pain, either.
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-06-2014, 01:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,020
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Injections, Surgery or Do Nothing dilemma please make your comment

It seems pretty clear from your symptoms and from your report that you have right-side C8 radiculopathy. Your have a bone spur coming off the uncovertebral joint (part of the vertebra where it...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-06-2014, 11:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,020
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Injections, Surgery or Do Nothing dilemma please make your comment

Can you be more specific about the clumsiness in your right hand? Do some digits work fine and others not?
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-06-2014, 09:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 820
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Need HELP, my right arm is in severe pain...MRI results enclosed..

Was it the same radiologist reading both reports? If so, you might want to go to the trouble/expense of getting another guy to read it. Quite unlikely that it will matter, but could be worth it for...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-06-2014, 09:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 820
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Need HELP, my right arm is in severe pain...MRI results enclosed..

Not what you want to hear, I'm sure, but I don't see anything in that report which correlates to severe right arm pain. If the ordering doc just reads the report, I doubt that he will, either, so I...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-04-2014, 09:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,580
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Failed Corpectomy---I'm TERRIFIED!

Thinking about it further, I don't see how a posterior revision is possible, so I guess the answer to your question is that it will be anterior. I cannot think of any minimally invasive options. Let...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-03-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,580
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Failed Corpectomy---I'm TERRIFIED!

I can't answer your corpectomy question, but I will say that when you have two docs disagreeing, you really need a third opinion...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-03-2014, 04:56 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 493
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Post Surgery Problems with Urination

Could be an anesthesia effect. After your surgery, did they keep you in the hospital until you were able to urinate freely? They are supposed to do that.

One way or another, you should be calling...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-01-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,598
Posted By WebDozer
Re: neural foraminal narrowing, MRI help please

I would ask the surgeon your main question, which is what will happen WITHOUT surgery. The other question would be, what about posterior decompressive surgery, such as laminoplasty. That, combined...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-31-2013, 12:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,598
Posted By WebDozer
Re: neural foraminal narrowing, MRI help please

Unfortunately, there are multiple possible causes for your symptoms, and maybe even multiple actual causes. Cervical cord impingement, cervical foraminal impingement, lumbar problems, elbow or wrist...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-27-2013, 04:46 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,351
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Help: Multi-level Cervical Disc Disease & Herniations

Best of luck... you should recover pretty quickly. Collar?
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-20-2013, 03:10 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,351
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Help: Multi-level Cervical Disc Disease & Herniations

Not doing anything about the herniation at C4-5?
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-17-2013, 08:07 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,992
Posted By WebDozer
Re: ACDF in a young person?!

Awesome.... 24 hours, and no collar!
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-13-2013, 04:29 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 618
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Help understanding what MRI Means

The "thecal sac" is the membrane that surrounds the spinal canal, holding in the cerebrospinal fluid (csf). Inside the fluid, and cushioned by it, is the spinal cord. The thecal sac lies within the...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-12-2013, 12:26 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,351
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Help: Multi-level Cervical Disc Disease & Herniations

I said herniation because the radiologist noted protrusions of "disk material", which would be an accurate description of a herniation. He could have meant that the entire disk was protruding,...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-09-2013, 06:31 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,351
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Help: Multi-level Cervical Disc Disease & Herniations

Looks good, at least to my amateur's eyes. A C4-5 C5-6 ACDF should not cause very great loss of range-of-motion (1/4?). At your age, recovery should be pretty quick. I don't know about the PEEK....
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-07-2013, 04:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,221
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Seeking ACDF recovery advice

After my C3-4 ACDF in 1996, the surgeon said I could wear a collar - when I went home after two days - if I wanted to, but it wasn't necessary.

After my C4-5-6 laminoplasty in 2011, the surgeon...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-06-2013, 10:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,221
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Seeking ACDF recovery advice

I must say I'm quite surprised that you have hardware holding everything together and the doc still wanted you in a collar for so long. Seems very unnecessary....
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-01-2013, 06:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 946
Posted By WebDozer
Re: ACDF Revision Thoughts

No idea about revisions. Usually, what I've seen here - if I recall correctly - is that failed ACDF's are corrected with posterior fusions. My knowledge of this is near-nonexistent, though.

A...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 11-28-2013, 04:56 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,361
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Suffering from spine problem

Malhotra - Allow me to suggest that you also post on the Back Problems board, as they are much better at dealing with lumbar and thoracic issues (this board concentrates on cervical). You might also...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 11-28-2013, 04:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 704
Posted By WebDozer
Re: PLEASE HELP!! Neurologist stumped.

These enlarged roots were detected in an MRI? Is their enlargement resulting in impingement (and, therefore, radiculopathy) at some levels?

I have to say I'm as stumped as the neurologist, which...
Board: Back Problems 11-26-2013, 04:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,468
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Tumors on Spine... What?

WhistleDixie... OK, I found your thread, and read your report. I think I really should say no more than that you came to the right place, and are talking to the right person - Teteri. She knows much...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 11-26-2013, 04:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,351
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Help: Multi-level Cervical Disc Disease & Herniations

VT, I certainly see your conundrum. The doc just can't exactly pinpoint a problem like yours, and to some extent he has to make inference based on your symptoms. I'd want a better understanding of...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 11-24-2013, 12:24 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,351
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Help: Multi-level Cervical Disc Disease & Herniations

<< The proposed procedure by my first neurosurgeon was written down as discectomy via laminotomy at C56 and right C5, C6, C7 foraminotomy. She said the laminotomy would be the method used to get to...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 11-23-2013, 09:20 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,351
Posted By WebDozer
Re: Help: Multi-level Cervical Disc Disease & Herniations

Hi VT.... You have a very interesting story, and I must say that for an obvious muscle-head, you're quite articulate ;)

Let me get one thing out of the way, first. I certainly hope that the sports...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 11-22-2013, 02:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,768
Posted By WebDozer
re: Potential ACDF victims be aware!!!

Ronn9... I have to take issue with your statement that after a spinal surgery, one "usually" needs more. As you can imagine, this is a matter of considerable interest and concern in the field, so...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 11-20-2013, 06:47 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,992
Posted By WebDozer
Re: ACDF in a young person? A Success Story!

That's one drawback of a foraminotomy that's trying to get at an obstruction that's coming from in FRONT of the foramen, to wit, they have to cut out some of the facet to get at it, which MAY lead to...
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