I'd just like some opinions on how to decide whether and/or when to go through with a cervical discectomy/fusion surgery.
Last May I had a 4 lvl lumbar laminectomy. I could not return to that neurosurgeon this year because my insurance changed. He had recommended based on ct scan/myelogram and mri's that I should have a 2 lvl discectomy fusion next with titanium plate and screws.
I saw my new neurosurgeon about a week and a half ago.
Based on his review of these studies and my medical records he recommends the same. I really like him. He took his time, he explained matters in plain english. Bottom line, he left the decision to me.
I've had fairly severe nerve pain in my arms for about 4 years. It is controlled so its tolerable with nerve pain meds. My concerns are possible chronic swallowing problems, fusion complications if I go through with it.
What have some of you others decided with this sort of scenario? I'm just looking for opinions. As far as I know none of us are doctors.