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Multi-Multi-Level Cervical Surgery

Started by iamafrd115 on 12/30/2017 2:19am

I am a 57 year old female. My MRI report indicates Cervical Radiculopathy & Cervical Hernications.
The MRI Impression details a variety of problems such as broad-based protrusions, bulges, or herniations on C2-T1. It also details osteophyes, spinal cord impressions causing narrowing, foraminal narrowing, degenerative changes, blah, blah, blah...Several are moderate to severe. Two years ago, my neurosurgeon talked to me about a multi-level ACDF surgery; he said that I am risking spinal cord damage without it. I chose to have gastric bypass instead and focus on getting fit and healthy, which I did. However, while participating in a biking event, I fell off my bike and was transported to a nearby hospital where they took x-rays from head to toe. Nothing broke, but I was in excruciating pain while laying on my back and trying to turn over on my side. Ever since the accident, I've been battling increased pain in my neck, shoulder, and down my arm. After spending 2 weekends in bed, and after spending 2 weeks of rushing home to bed after teaching a full day, I made an appointment with my Internist and just cried because of the pain. And, so, here I am.
My question is...How in the WORLD can a surgeon fix everything that is wrong with me? I may be giving the term "multi-level" a whole new meaning! I am still waiting for the neurosurgeon to review the MRIs with me, but if he talked to me about surgery 2 years ago, he certainly will be bringing it up again. As much as I probably need the surgery, I have to believe that I will be signing up for surgeries and problems for the rest of my life. Has anyone ever experienced my situation? And, I live in a small town, so I need to research where to have the surgery and who will perform it. My neurosurgeon is a just a local "go-to" guy.

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Hello, iamafrd115--thank you for sharing your story with us! We completely understand your reservations about spine surgery. Our best advice is to ask as many questions as possible to your surgeon before the procedure to understand the risks and benefits for you. This is a great resource that contains sample questions to ask: ( Spine Surgery: Questions to Ask Your Doctor ).

We also think learning as much about your procedure helps eliminate much of the fear surrounding it. We have a lot of information about ACDF, and the links below will help you learn more about it:
( Cervical Surgery Animation )
( Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) at an Outpatient Spine Center )
( Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion with Anterior Cervical Plate Fixation )

We hope this information helps as you weigh the decision of whether to undergo neck surgery. Keep us posted on how you move forward. We wish you the very best!


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I am also looking at a multi-level fusion surgery C-3/4 thru C-6/7. I’m up in the air about it also. I’ll be 50 this year and feel like an 80 year old. Major pain/stiffness/swelling. I had physical therapy, 4 injections (which only lasts 3 months max) even carpel tunnel surgery on both wrists which I didn’t even know I had or cared because they didn’t bother me nearly as much as my neck! I have been referred to every doctor under the sun. I would like to avoid surgery, but at this point I’m frustrated enough to do it. Started at pain clinic and now I’m back to pain clinic. If you decide to do surgery, I wish the best!! Let us know how it goes please .