Had an auto accident in 11/09. Started having pains in my neck, arms, wrists, shoulders and hands. My doctor sent me for an MRI.
MRI results follow:
1. Some diffuse congenital canal stenosis. Loss of disc height c4-c5.
2. Severe central canal stenosis at c4-c5 level, secondary to central disc protrusion and bilateral posterior osteophytic changes. Questionable cord compression centrally. There is bilateral foraminal compromise.
3. Central and right sided disc protrusion of c5-c6 with moderate to severe central stenosis and right sided foraminal compromise.
4. Central an right sided disc protrusion of c6-c7 with moderate central canal compromise. No foraminal stenosis.
I tried physical therapy and take many pain meds, that hasn't helped. My doc suggested a neurosurgeon.
First opinion, neurosugeon recommended fusion c4-c7. He explained the proceedure, asked if I had any questions, shook my hand and left the office.
For my second opinion, I decided to call the head of neurosurgery at a major teaching hospital. The doctor was on vacation and I saw the PA. Well the PA recommended 2 artificial discs, one at c4 and the other at c7 with fusion in between for stability. He also said if it were up to him, he would put me in a "collar" right now. He didn't give me a collar. He then went on to say that if I had any trauma to my neck I could be paralyzed!! Talk about scary! The office is supposed to call me to set up an appointment with the doctor...no thanks!
I went back to the first neurosurgeon and I asked about artificial discs. He said that he couldn't use them because you can't use artificial discs on more than one level.
Has anyone had artificial discs instead of fusion on more than one level?