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Sceptical about surgery

Started by looking for help on 08/26/2018 9:31pm

I have recently been told I need open neck surgery for myelomalaci everything I’ve read says that regardless of surgery my numbness and loss of strength in my arms will not go away after surgery i’m told it’s a 50/50 chance but Doc wants to do surgery as a “ preventive “ measure for further damage .. I’m beyond scared of all the “ post surgical “ talk of blood clots and how not much really changes afterward .. my brother unfortunately passed from a blood clot he got in his leg do to a broken ankle .. I just need to know I’m doing the right thing because if nothings gonna change any way why am I taking the risk of such a major surgery? When they say it will get worse what does that mean? How long down the line will it? I’m having a very hard time wth this and I need help please!!

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Hi, looking for help--thank you for your question. We think it's natural to have concerns prior to undergoing spine surgery--it's a major operation. We have some resources we'd like to share with you that we think will help.

We believe the best way to make an informed decision on whether to have surgery is by asking your surgeon questions about the surgery. You need to understand the expected outcomes of the surgery for you. You need to know the benefits of the surgery for you. And you need to know the risks of the surgery for you. The key question is: Do the benefits of this surgery outweigh the risks? This resource also includes great questions to ask your surgeon before moving forward with a procedure: ( Spine Surgery: Questions to Ask Your Doctor )

Another resource is our Spine Surgery Advice blog written by Dr. Neel Anand, a member of our Editorial Board: ( Spine Surgery Advice ). This link includes a list of articles in this blog, many of which we think will help shed light on the different fears, expectations, and thoughts people have when they face the prospect of spine surgery.

We hope this information helps as you weigh this very important decision. Please keep us posted on what you decide. We wish you the very best with whatever you choose.


HI there!! Wow...you poor thing!! It sound like there's a lot of questions to be answered. What's caused your injury and how long have you had it? Have you seen more than one doctor for your situation? Surgery is major and something very serious to think about. I just read it about myself and it's similar to spinal stenosis...which is a very common thing. Something like is from aging..I have it msyelf. I'm 47years old and I could potentially, maybe ten years from now have issues from it. But enough about me..I would seek opinions from multiple surgeons. If this is something that you have to have done for relief and nothing else has or could help, then it may not be a bad idea. But I agree with the link that was posted for you to read. The more knowledge and understand you have, the better decision you can make. Keep me posted!!