I have decided to go ahead and get the surgery the NS has recommended. As I stated in my first post on this forum I am not at this time having any what I would call debilitating symptoms just numbness and off and on pain in my right arm. I have so far stayed off the powerful pain and mussel relaxing pills the doctor gave me. I think he will be working on only 1 disk in my neck. My wife has a pre paid long cruise with a start date in the middle of February. I dont think she would have much fun with a husband in pain with a neck brace on a rocking ship deck. My question is this, If this surgery was preformed within the next 30 days without complications on a otherwise healthy person would this person be able to enjoy a ocean cruise without much trouble in February? Once agan thanks for your experanced opinions!
Here is the doctors findings from my scan. Its all Greek to me but someone here might know what they indicate. Axial images are obtained through the cervical spine at 2 mm intervals
with sagittal and coronal reformatted images.
There are degenerative changes at C5-6 with anterior and posterior
spurring. Prevertebral soft tissue swelling is not present.C6-C7- Negative.
1. No acute traumatic abnormality of the cervical spine.
2. Congenital canal stenosis with superimposed degenerative changes
most significant at C5-C6 and C4-C5. Disk osteophyte complex and
uncovertebral spurring cause central and right foraminal narrowing
at these levels. When I went to the nero for him to review these findings he showed me the diferances between the nerves in the scan photos. and confermed they would cause problems on my right side.