I saw the NS today. He said my neck is "grossly misaligned" and wants to do an ACDF at C5-6 with a metal plate AND a posterior fusion at C5-6 and C6-7 with side screws.
He said because of the severity of the compression on the spinal cord it should be done ASAP and he moved some other patients around on his schedule to do me next Tuesday, 6/30.
When I was lying back on the examining table, I had a major shock go through both arms and he heard me say "OOH".... and asked what happened. When I told him, he said we definitely need to do this sooner rather than later!
He explained to me that doing both front and back will give my neck stability and relieve pressure on other vertebrae. He also said the posterior fusion will give the spinal cord room to move. When I asked if the posterior fusion is the same thing as a laminectomy, he said, "you've been doing your homework!"
I have an appointment with another NS, but not until July 6th. These recommendations are exactly what my cousin who is a PT said they would probably do in my situation.
I will probably go forth with this surgery and cancel the second opion appointment, but I do have a few questions:
--Has anyone had both surgeries done at the same time????? If so what was it like?
--Anyone had a 2-level cervical posterior fusion? This is what I'm most concerned about. I've had the ACDF at C4-5 and so I know what to expect from that. I realize that going in from the back will mean a lot more complicated surgery and recovery!!!
I know you guys aren't medical professionals, but I'd appreciate any info/experiences you can share!!
Many thanks for all your support.