Hi...so happy I found this sight, has already been helpful. I am a 49 y/f with pain, numbness and tingling in my right arm for past 4 months. I had prior lumbar stabilization surgery 5 years ago December, so when I got the results of my MRI I went back to my neurosurgeon. Diagnosed with moderate to severe central and foramenal stenosis, with osteophytes, disc degeneration, etc. Had an epidural, did pt with traction, did the EMG nerve conduction, had CT Myelogram...so have gone through a lot to confirm diagnosis.
I am scared to death of the surgery because I know how hard it was to come back from the lumbar surgery. Already know I will have hard collar upon wakening, and bone growth stimulator for 6 months. Hoping that the pain is not too horrible post-op.
Here is my problem...Now I have friends/family telling me I should get a second opinion, but everything I have read tells me that the ACF is what I need. I completely trust my doctor, whom I've known for 6 years. Do I go see someone I don't know? If so, do I trust them? If they tell me I don't need ACF, then what do I do?? I'm so conflicted.
I've already done some of my pre-op and pre-registered at the hospital. I really want to have the surgery prior because I have met my out of pocket maximum. I appreciate any input or advice.