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anterior cervical osteophytes

Started by Stan on 05/22/2010 2:02am

Have difficulty swallowing. Constricting feeling in the neck. I wonder if should get minimally invasive surgery to remove the osteophytes. they have been present for a long time and have gotten bigger with age.

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Dear Stan ,before making your decision ,please do some research on the MD.Surgeon that is offering to do the surgery. There is nothing wrong with doing a little research your condition.Anterior osteophytes can interfere with your peace of mind. There is no such thing as minimally invasive .Once they open up ,it's invasive. Not trying to create confusion or bring fear to your life ,all the contrary ,i'm bringing caution.I pray that you will make the right decision for the right reasons.Anterior Osteophytes can interfere with your swallowing. May God Bless You and guide you in making your decision.Bye and much success .

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I do have dysphagia. And the inablity to turn my head sideways or up and down. There is noise..crepitus...when this happens. the feeling of a lump in my throat constantly is a problem. I also have ITP. But not bad enough, last checked, to negate surgery in this location. Is a fusion usually done when the spurs are removed?

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Dear Stan,swallowing problems can be cased by a number of conditions that first have to be diagnosed by a medical expert,usually a specialist .I too have swallowing problems the most popular diagnosis is Gerd,but at times this can be a more serious condition where nerves are involved because of anterior osteophytes that touch areas that have many nerves ,esophageal compression,could be caused by spondylotic changes that have to be diagnosed by an expert Md. In any case it is very important taht you have the correct diagnosis so that there is no chances of errors that can effect your swallowing abilities permanently.There could also be compression of disk,of C-5-C-6 or C-6-C-7.. I would look into it ,before submitting to any surgery. I loose my ability to swallow on many occasions but it related to the neck injury i suffered at work in 1991, this can be very scary.I have to manipulate my neck in order to regain the swallowing ability and sensation i choke very easily . My best to you.A neurologist might be of some help in finding out. They test the nerve functions . Remember that we are just comparing symptoms but each of us has a diagnosis. Be certain before going under the knife ,Be certain and get a competent Neurosurgeon. Blessings to you.

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Thanks for your comments. I will talk to two neurosurgeons at Mayo Jax. Problem is I won't be through with the consults til the Fall. Just making do.

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Hey Stan , if you are able to be seen by a specialist in the mayo Clinic that will be a blessing worth the wait.Patience is a virtue that is not given it has to be earned ,but once earned ,you own it for life.Fall is just around the corner ,time flies and you'll get expert advice.So if your being guided there, hang in there and go for it. i will pray that all goes well for you until then.Mean while, dress yourself with the armor of faith and let it work for you. Bye ,Best wishes ...

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Hello from Alberta, Canada. I too have Anterior Osteophytes (spellings?). What a pain in the neck. I had one in 2005, and now five, and they keep growing. Trying to find help has been awful. It is like a terminal type of cancer that nobody wants to deal with. I have gone from a happy 48 year old with a great career, to a condemned nobody. In the meantime, I get worse. I think I have finally found someone to remove them, or at least surgically examine them: a pathologist (after death). I hope anyone else out there has better luck than me.

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I echo cookie dough's sentiment in that they are not willing 2 deal with such extreme cases as mine.It's as if they are in the back room drawing straws 2 see who is the lucky Doc this week?Those osteophytes are from stem 2 stern on my spine,not seeming 2 cause any outward swallowing problems.I have numbness in the whole right side now,due 2 see family Doc again 2morrow.Problem is,financial assistance is such that I have no funds 4 transit,so I must leave at 6:30 AM 2 ensure I get there by my appointment time.It is an incredible fact that I can still walk at all,I have been told this by several physicians,now,indicating stark surprise when looking at my x-rays 4 the 1st time.Why so many in the medical community are stumped as 2 what 2 do with me,I am not aware.Now it is up 2 my family doc 2 wait & see,that seems 2 be the attitude with me now,how long will he be able 2 walk?Let's wait & see!I sure am disappointed that this is the way I am 2 cope with this ground breaking case,they are just treating me like a lab rat,cage & observe!I think alot of valuable information can be gleaned from why I am still walking.I am endeavoring 2 find a group of or 1 Doctor interested in this case,other than watching me slowly lose my mobility.spinelessinalbertaJustKeepSmilin' :) JesusSaves! P2

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