My recent MRI reveals disk herniations at C4-5, C5-6, and C6-7. Symptoms are pain in neck, shoulder, left arm, with tingling down left arm. (naturally I am left handed).
My surgeon suggests ACDF, now scheduled for April 30th. I have found numerous stories of folks having this procedure who are experiencing significant complications.
My research shows a potential alternative: endoscopic laser surgery. Minimally invasive, home same day. I have not located anyone in the Chicago area performing this surgery.
The EDITED performs this procedure, but at $30,000 upfront (not covered by insurance) this could be risky.
The worst aspect of my situation is the insecurity of making the right decision.
Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.
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