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    Old 08-01-2007, 04:58 AM   #1
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    Need info on Corpectomy please

    Earlier this year I had an MRI scan on my spine the scan demonstrated a clear degenerative canal stenosis C5/6 to C6/7 it says there is significant cord compression more left than right sided my neuro-surgeon says I would benefit from a corpectomy but my hubby is really against me having the operation ...I am scared but the surgeon says if I don't have this done I will definetely be paralysed ...he also told me of the risks of the operation ...which is another reason I am so scared. Quite a few of my internet friends have said to ask for a second opinion but as I live in the UK and on a very low income this is not an option ...I spoke with my GP and he agreed with my neuro-surgeon would be really gratful for all information about this operation etc.

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    Old 08-01-2007, 07:01 AM   #2
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    Re: Need info on Corpectomy please

    Hi Cazzy,

    I am new to this topic of spinal disorders. I would be very scared to.

    I am not really sure what a corpectomy is, but if the doctors were telling me that I would eventually become paralyzed, if I did not have it, then I would just have to do some research about the procedure if I could not have a second opinion.

    I have had many surgeries on my arm and no surgery is full proof. There ae always risks.
    I had to look at my quality of life and the chance of being ______% better from a surgery.
    I hope that someone who has more knowledge will post their thoughts for you.
    Hang in there...Chrissy

    Old 08-01-2007, 08:49 AM   #3
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    Hi Cazzy,

    Sorry for your problems. My conditions aren't quite as bad as yours, my cord compression is caused by a disk/osteophyte complex, but I've gone through the surgery decision process over the last year. A few suggestions:

    Bring your husband along to talk to the doctors. My wife was dead set against surgery, but after talking to the doctors herself and having her questions answered she is supportive of my decision.

    Talk to the doctors and get an idea of the urgency. You'll then know how long you have to make a decision.

    I know virtually nothing about the UK health care system, but will they let you see a neurologist? In my 1 1/2 years of problems I've only seen a neurosurgeon 3 times and I've seen my neurologist probably 8-10 times. I like seeing a neurologist because they are not surgeons and don't earn more money if you get surgery. Many people think neurologist don't understand spinal issues as well as the surgeons, but I still think it is a valuable opinion.

    Best of luck.

    Old 08-01-2007, 09:08 AM   #4
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    Here in the UK we have to see who our GP refers you too ....he is the one I was refered to ...I have looked up information about and have been told he is good.

    He really didn't say how long before the deteration got worse but I myself know it is deteriating quite quickly on my visit he said it had to be done sooner than later and was talking months rather than years. I have lots of numbness etc and it keeps getting worse I have very little feeling in both arms and my back, walking is getting difficult and I always feel as though my hands are freezing even though they aren't ......I sleep very little because of the pain and get really scared that I will wake up one day and not be able to move.

    Hubby has agreed to come with me on my next visit which I'm not sure when it will be as the neuro-surgeon is off sick at the moment ...his secretary says she will phone me when he is back.

    Old 08-06-2007, 08:28 AM   #5
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    Re: Need info on Corpectomy please

    I had a corpectomy done on c4-5 in May of 06. i also had ACDF done at 5-6 and 6-7 at the same time. A corpectomy is a procedure in which they actually remove all or part of the vertebrae that is compressing the cord. Mine was then replaced with a mesh looking cage filled with the bone debris from the vertebrae that was cut out. More of this same bone matter was used to fuse the 5-6 and 6-7 levels. i spent 3 months in a hard collar 24-7 but it has stopped the progression of numbness and weakness I was experiencing in my hand and legs. i still have some of it but like the surgeon told me before the surgery "you won't get any worse but we can not guarantee you will fully recover to where you were before the compression started" So far he has been right. I am not any worse and who knows how bad it could have gotten. I do know that my limping went away immediately and some of the numbness in my right had has subsided. I never really had a lot of pain before or after the surgery. I would have to say this has been a succcesful surgery and would do it again.


    Old 08-06-2007, 02:56 PM   #6
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    hi the wonderful uk system again, no you do not get a choice....but if word says he is good and you ask about etc beleive in them....i had to for my acdf and my surgeon was bedside manner but hey I wasnt looking for that just wanted someone who knew what he was doing. I had an orthopaedic surgeon that specialises in spine surgery and he also does bupa work...same op same surgeon 9000 more!!!!! if they tell you it needs doing normally it does....i was an emergency with spinal chord compression and still had to wait six months. trust him and go with him.... tell him your fears...ask him anything...i did and got answers...its the only way in uk unless you have a large pot of gold!!!! the only good thing with nhs is you can gaurantee he has done the op many times before...a friend of mine went private and when she asked her surgeon how many acdf he had done he replied one a month....that was not enough for her!!!she went else where!!!so there are benefits to nhs.

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