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Orthopedic Surgeon vs. Neurosurgeon

Started by myharleygirl on 05/15/2012 2:02pm

I have been told that I must have a Cervical Laminectomy with fusion. Every level of cervical spine is degenerative. So far I have seen two Neuro-Surgeons, one says that the approach he would use is posterior, the other surgeon said he would do both posterior and anterior due to the extent of the compression.
I have been struggling as to whether or not I should get an opinion from an Orthopedic Surgeon. I live near NYC and Philadelphia, so I have a several excellent surgeons to consult, just don't know which direction to go in. Suggestions and advice are appreciated.

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Hi MyHarleyGirl,

C5 and up generally goes to the neurosurgeons due to the phrenic nerve (which controls your diaphram). Anything below that usually goes the orthos. Good luck.

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Thank you for the information. Now I am really confused, as I my condition involves above and below C-5.

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yes myharleygirl the way i did it was go one there sites and read about there patients said about them. if hes not good this will help you decide. my surgeon was located at the hospital i was in.and he was a othopedic he did only the spine. thats all he works on and he is very busy.i seen him the first time my bones hadnt fused the second time they were .got rid of my brace after 4months and walker also my back is L-1thruL5 is fused then he fixed my spine i broke it at 19 im 60 now so I no pain alot. he put in 8screws and 2rods. i wish you luck.

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Find a neurosurgeon that you can trust and he will help you!

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Whichever you chose, make certain it is a spinal surgeon, not just a ortho or neuro surgeon. Since you live in a metropolitan area, it would worth looking into getting a spinal ortho AND neuro team to do the work. Each one is a specialist and brings his/her gift to the table. You only have one neck. Best wishes.

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Thank you for your input. I will be having a Posterior Cervical Laminectomy with fusion on June 25th. The surgeon is an Orthopedic surgeon and he is at the Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital. He will be operating on C2 through T1. Wish me luck.

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