I am scheduled to have ACDF surgery on 10-31-11 at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood NJ. It is for C4-5 & C5-6. I am very nervous and really don't want to have it done. The neurosurgeon told me that I was risking paralysis everyday that I don't have it done so I guess i have no choice. The pain that I have doesn't seem to be the norm. My arms and hands get numb when I am on the computer for awhile and when I sleep but thats it for pain in the arms. The worst pain for me is that my legs fall asleep so quickly that I cannot even lay on my sides at night and of course my neck is sore and stiff all the time.
The surgeon called me the other day to tell me that he feels it may be better to have the corpectomy. I have looked up information online and i am not so sure that this is the way I want to go. Does anyone know what differences there are between the two surgeries as far as way of living. I am trying to figure out if the differences from having the ACDF.
Thank you for any help