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    Old 11-01-2013, 06:43 PM   #1
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    Surgery for Cervical stenosis?

    After 3 years of stiffness and locking up on the left side of my neck and scapula, I got a cervical MRI. The worst levels appear to be C4-C7, which have
    1) posterior disc osteophyte complex causing mild to moderate central canal stenosis and
    2) bilateral uncovertebral hypertrophy (i.e., enlarged facet joints in the neck) causing moderate left and mild right neural foraminal narrowing.

    The stiffness and locking is worst after I play tennis or do any kind or exercise with the left arm; or if I drive for long.

    Has anyone had surgery for something like this? I have been talking to neurosurgeons, as I can't imagine living locked up like this forever. I know that some are doing microsurgery to open up the foramina. I'm not looking for disc or facet joint removal and fusion, just something to clean out some of the bone clogging up my spinal canal.

     
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