Hello everyone. I stumbled across this board when I was trying to do research about my upcoming surgery. I am scheduled to have ACDF on 3/31. I started having tingling in my last 2 fingers in my left hand back in 11/10. I also could not rest my left forearm on a hard surface without pain. Dr. scheduled me for EEG/ENT, and those results were:
1. There is electrophysiological evidence of a left ulnar neurophathy most likely across the elbow. There are no active denervation or reinnervation features.
2. The prolonged F wave in the left ulnar nerve is suggestive of a possible cervicalradiculopathy. Imaging study is recommended for clinical correlation.
Dr. then sent me for MRI. I had the MRI done, and these were the findings:
C2-C5, and C6-T1 all read No disk herniation, canal stenosis, or foraminal narrowing.
However, C5-C6 read that There is a broad-based disk osteophyte complex which does flatten the ventral CSF spaces and abut the ventral cord. The foramina remain patent without significant narrowing.
The impression was Broad-based disk osteophyet complex at C5-C6.
Dr. sent me to neurosurgeon, who basically said PT and nerve blocks were options, but a waste of time, and surgery would allow me to get back to my life quickly. I was ok with that until I started researching. The impression that I got was that surgery was minor, and I would be able to return to work in 2 weeks (as a computer tech, lifting heavy printers and computer equipment). From what I am reading, this seems to be MAJOR surgery, and I could take anywhere from those two weeks to a year or more to fully recover. Also, from what I have found, osteophyte is a bone spur, right? He kept mentioning removing a disk and placing a bone from a donor and fusing with my other bones, but nothing about the bone spur itself. Am I reading too much into this? Should I request a CT before surgery? I must admit I am very nervous about the surgery and recovery. Any advise for the newbie (even if it is just to calm my nerves)?
Thanks so much!