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Spinal Stenosis

Started by tbuffinton on 06/16/2011 11:41am

I was just diagnosed with severe spinal stenosis (C5/6). The Dr said that due to the severity of the stenosis, he would recommend surgery as soon as possible. Surgery being to remove a portion of the disk to make room for the spinal cord. MRI indicates that there is no more room in the channel that houses the spinal cord so any trama may result in nerve damage. I am requesting a 2nd opinion. Does this diagnosis sound reasonable or extreme?

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I just a a laminectomy on three lumbar vertebrae (4, 5, 6) about three weeks ago because I was also diagnosed with severe stenosis. I agonized for over 4 months on whether to go ahead with the operation, but had confidence in the surgeon and decided I did not want to live with the pain.

I was supposed to be in surgery for 2-4 hours, but wound up being there for 7 hours. The results so far have been terrific, I see the surgeon again on Wednesday, and hope to be back on the golf course shortly. I am very pleased that I went ahead with the surgery.

One thing that I do recommend. I went directly to a neurosugeon as opposed to an orthopedic surgeon based upon my belief that they would be more sensitive and aware of anything to do with the nervous system. I have the vague impression that the orthopedic specialist tend to rely more on various hardware in resolving spinal issues.

One other thing - I live in Canada, and have found our system to be fantastic in regards to surgeries and overall medical care. I know we pay for this through our tax system, but the consultation, MRI's, catscans, surgery, etc. cost me exactly nothing in direct payments.

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Have you considered the X-Stop---this only takes one to 2 hr of minimal surgery. You will NOT have anything cut out --no bones or nerves--- a titanium screw is inserted in a small incision made in your back and you will only be in the hospital for one day maximum and it will cost less then a major surgery. Please look into it and see if this would be an option for you.

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I've never heard of an X-stop. In my experience, the longer you wait, the more your nerves are damaged and will not regenerate.

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The doctor came into the office and told me my symptoms(first time I ever saw him), I agreed with everything he said. He told me he knew what was wrong with me. I was diagnosed by my neurosurosurgeon with spinal stenosis with myelopathy(c-6). I was so severe, that I could barely walk(like a robot) and wasn't far from being in a wheelchair. The surgeon also told me I had a bulging disc and pinched nerves. I needed to have the surgery ASAP. 2 weeks later(2/11/11) I went in for surgery. The day after, i was able to walk better than before. I still have neuropathy from the neck down, but at least i can move and walk now. I'm half better than prior to surgery. Due to the ffact that my neurologist was an idiot, and never found the problems, I now have spinal cord damage. We don't know how much of my nerves will come back if any, but I do recommend having the surgery done. I feel blessed and thank my Rheumatologist for sending me to him.

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