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    Old 01-18-2014, 05:01 PM   #16
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    Re: Anterior Cervical fusion or posterior foraminotomy?

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    No upper back stiffness. Just bicep and deltoid weakness...
    Did you have any pain anywhere before they opened up your foramen?

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    Old 01-18-2014, 05:05 PM   #17
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    Re: Anterior Cervical fusion or posterior foraminotomy?

    Zero pain. Just loss of most strength in biceps and deltoid.

     
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    Old 02-13-2014, 06:41 AM   #18
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    Re: Anterior Cervical fusion or posterior foraminotomy?

    After consulting with 9 spine surgeons over the past year, I've decided to go with the minimally invasive posterior foraminotomy at two levels, C5 and C6, on 2/26. It will be done under fluoroscopy with a microscope and dilating retractors so the incision will be less than an inch. I understand that the posterior approach through muscle can lead to serious long-term pain for some people who have neck surgery, so would not choose the posterior approach unless it was done microscopically.

    My other option was a two level ACDF, which eliminates going through muscles in the back of the neck and is a more thorough operation. However, several doctors said a fusion was not really necessary in my case and I'd be better off avoiding it if possible, as fusions sometimes lead to adjacent level problems and then more fusions.

    So, I'm hoping that for once in my life, I've picked the right operation and it will take care of the problem the first time around. If not, I guess I'll be like others on here who do the ACDF later on.

     
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