Has anyone seen solid results from a posterior cervical fusion with autograft after unsuccessful single level anterior cervical fusion with alograft at C5-C6? I am a young, healthy 28 year old man that has not fused after two attempts over the past three years and now contemplating a posterior approach with autograft. The debilitating symptoms now have me out of work and I'm unable to function without severe neck pain as well as some shoulder blade burning and last night had radiating left arm pain. 2nd Dr who did C5-C6 ACDF alograft said I had partial fusion and would not see a reason to operate again, but new dr said no such thing as partial fusion (either pregnant or not, no partially pregnant) Any guidance on this awful situation is much appreciated. Also looking at these minimally invasive Laser Spine procedures as a fix...
A Foraminotomy is a medical operation used to relieve pressure on nerves that are being compressed by the intervertebral foramen, the space in the vertebra where a nerve root exits the spinal canal. The term foraminotomy is derived from the Latin words foramen (hole, opening, aperture) and -otomy (act of cutting, incision). A foraminotomy is performed to relieve the symptoms of nerve root compression in cases where the foramen is being compressed by bone, disc, scar tissue, or excessive ligament development and results in a pinched nerve.
> A Laminotomy is a surgical procedure that is used to relieve pressure off the spinal canal for the exiting nerve root and spinal cord, increasing the amount of space available for the neural tissue and thus releasing the nerve(s). The term laminotomy is derived from the Latin words lamina (bony plate that covers the posterior arch of the vertebra) and -otomy (act of cutting, incision).
> A Percutaneous Discectomy is the surgical removal of herniated disc/bulging disc material that presses on a nerve root or the spinal cord.
> A Facet Thermal Ablation is a procedure very similar to a root canal a dentist performs. The surgeon uses a laser to clean the facet joint and deaden the nerve that innervates the joint and causes painful symptoms. The facet joints are the joint structures that connect the vertebrae to one another. Thermal ablation refers to the laser eradication of the effected nerve.