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What surgery is recommended for moderately severe C5-6 osteophytes with encroachment on nerve root?



  • barefoot14 said:

    What type of surgical repair would they typically do to correct my problem and what are the risks if I didn't have surgery?
    Welcome to the SH Board! We're a caring bunch, since we've all been there done that when it comes to spine issues. But we're not members of the medical profession, so we're not in a position to give advice of that type, so your best bet is to see an orthopedic spine surgeon or neurosurgeon; they don't operate on everyone they see, but they're better qualified to advise a particular treatment, whether it be conservative or surgical, than we are.

    As I said, we're glad to have you on board, and if you ever feel the need to vent about something or just have something to share, don't feel bad about it, because that's what we're here for, and back/neck problems can be frustrating. Please keep us posted on what happens with your neck. Love 'n >:D<, Ess
  • I understand the frustration. I had neck pain for years before the surgery and was told I was not operable until this year when it finally impinged on the spinal chord and then...surgery quickly followed. In addition to the things you mentioned, have you ever seen a Pain Management doctor? Having cervical injections of various types helped me for a number of years to one extent or another before they quit working. Sometimes I still use heat which feels good, and some people find some relief from a TENS unit.

    There is a lot of information on this site, both in the forums and in the educational areas, so you can learn as much as possible and can have questions ready when you see the doctor.

    Only doctors can determine if you need surgery. If you don't feel comfortable with one doctor, see another.

    The surgery I had is an ACDF - anterior cervical discectomy with fusion - a surgery coming through the front of the neck to provide access to the spine.

    Best wishes.
    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • Thanks so much for your share. Might I ask what your experience was like with the swallowing and hoarseness after your surgery? I've been reading about the studies they have done about swallowing problems. I did see a pain management specialist. I guess I am concerned about ongoing nerve damage at this point.
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