Hi, I have a rutured disc in C5/C6. I am being advised to have a fusion of these two vertebrae but i am a little uneasy about the long term success of this surgery. I have just decided to cancel my planned surgery for Tomorrow. I know that I am taking a risk of damaging my spine by leaving this condition untreated but am hoping with time it may heal. I am not entirely satisfied with the idea of spinal fusion as I have a fear that with surfing and all the other activities I partake in that I would undoubtably put a lot of stress on the discs above and below and end up having to return for surgery for further fusions. Therefore ending up with a completely useless neck unable to turn my head. I am only 27.
I was hoping that I would have the option of getting a Artificial Disc Replacement but this is not possible as the disc has travelled up behind my vertebrae so far that the surgeon will need to cut out too much bone.
Also I have noticed in the axial cut that the bulge pressing into the spine seems to be separate from the disc, as if the annulus of the disc is fully intact? Is it possible that the nucleus could have leaked out, the annulus then healed leaving ruptured material in the spinal canal? I have the slides from my MRI posted at the following links: http://www.medhelp.org/photos/show/4524566?type=postshttp://www.medhelp.org/user_photos/show/72775?personal_page_id=537174
I hope someone out there can help as I have seen 2 neurosurgeons and have nowhere else to go. I am also open to any suggestions as to where else I can get help.
thanks in advance