I'm new, hehe! 44yr old male- DDD and other impingments
So my ACDF is on Aug 4. And my surgeon first wanted to fuse c4/c5 c5/c6 c6/c7. I have right arm deltoid and bicep weakness/ and sharp pain when I cough in the right neck.
Based on my anxiety, she has offered to do just the one level(the one weakening those two parts of my right arm). And "take care of me if I need it" later.
A big part of me doesn't want to have to come in later and get worked on again. So that part says get 'em all done now.
This is my first surgery ever. So I'm just now starting to accept and adjust my fear into hope.
I looked into the laser endoscopic treatment, but I would have had to travel to another state and maybe not get approved. Also I can't trust the referal list they gave me.
I mean who would send you a list of patients that will talk
bad about you?
So I'm otherwise in good health- other than some hypertension and choresterol meds.
How tough is life with a 3 level fusion? The surgeon said a 1 level would be virtually unoticable. And she said that I'd have almost the same neck mobility as I do now with a 3 level.
What do you all with neck fusions think?