Re: Cervical Spine C-6/7, T-1/2
I just got the greatest news, I can hardly contain myself to rap out this to you all !!!
Last week, my scans and all diagnostics were mailed for review of #3 Neurosurgeon in the process of assessment....
Just got a call from my the NS (this is Neurosurgeon who did my first 3-level ACDF 16 yras ago, whose Chief of major Neurosurgical Dept in major metro hospitalp. This was my final step in getting second/third opinion assessment of Orthosurgeon,then Neurosurgeon in-state.
NS called me an assessed anterior surgery, foraminal procedure opening up the space from nerve roots, doing a bone implant...is all that is necessary for purpose of freeing up the two levels where he can see I have nerve root compression - - and not doing anterior/posterior !
No need to do hardware implementation, it would be similar to what was done with first ACDF and removing three bone spurs. (I had excellent fusion and good recovery from radiculopathy on that surgery) He confirmed, I should have no problem with successful fusion similar to first surgery, my age 62 was not an issue and not being a smoker confirmed it more!
Covered about concerns of hardware needed for fusion, he disagreed and has had successful bone implant fusion 90% of the time; re: cervical, thoracic bridging, no bridge to previous upper fused levels necessary, that area stable and with successful fusion of the 2 lower levels, would be better than bridging for sure - - hardware bridging all creates problems and I don't need it. He has done many c-spine t-spine adjoining levels without hardware and he would do the same for me.
Soooo, this is a God-send of news! I call his asst in the morning and get appt for surgery!
I am soooo excited and a burden has lifted, like I know you can believe