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have to see nero surgon about disc replacement

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,900
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I have go to nero surgon to see about afdr i know nothing about surgey. I have buldging c6 with a spur and ddd i have tried everything so next step they said is surgey. how long is recovery will i be able to keep doing my job which has a lot of heavy lifting. will the pain get better in the neck and shoulders
thanks
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  • My suggestion to you would be prepared with any questions, like what can I do to improve my situation. Also bring with you all tests to date, as well be prepared to tell them of the medications you are on and any injections you have had. I asked my surgeon, how many he had done- and what are the other surgical options. My experience made me feel I needed a second opinion. The surgeon I had just made me wait and wait- and has a reputation of doing this. Time to move on to second Surgeon- hopefully better.
  • I did not feel comfortable with the operation. I had a posterial foranminotomy 10years ago without fusion andnt hat si what I wanted again-so I got a second and thrid opinion and both said I could forgo fusion since my pain ans spasms were islolated in my shoulder and arm/hand. It did not have neck pain. Look upi Jho's Porcedures to see what I had done. I have both herniated disk (not all, just the part on my nerver and bone spurs removed.

    The best advide I can give anyone is learn about there problem and get several opinions and ask questions-lots of them. Most surgeons are too busy to take the time-but if you ask pertainent questions they know you did your homework and will usually answer them. if they don't-then it's off to a new surgeon. I always chose neurosurgeons over orthopedic surgeons necause I wanted ones who worked on nerves, not bones, but that is just my bias and has nothing to do with their expertise in matters of the spine.

    Good luck-and if you can-go to a doctor who will tell you he's done a lot of these operations and will be willing to tell you all the things that can fail, too! I try to get nurses opinion about the surgeons, too.
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