I have decided to have the surgery recommended by my orthopod, acdf at C5-7 and posterior foraminotomy at C3-4. My neurologist is coming around to the idea after being adamant about postponing surgery as long as possible. Now I want everything to happen quickly; am I unrealistic?
My neurologist will do an EMG in a week. I see the orthopedic surgeon next week for followup after a selective nerve root block of the C4 nerve. I haven't told her I want the surgery. I'd like to have it in June and can't decide whether to push or wait for all of this to unfold.
I posted in the New Members forum about my story but don't know how to create a link. I have severe neck pain with radiculopathy in my left arm to my little finger and thumb, w/mild myelopathy both arms. Bad genetics, ddd, herniations, osteophytes are all factors that got me into this situation. At 62, I am way too young to have this 80-yr-old back. I've seen several posters who say the same thing.
I've been reading the articles and watching the videos on this site. If anyone has suggestions for how to prepare for the surgery, please share them. Thanks.
PLIF L1-3 6/13
ACDF (C5-7) 8/12
PLIF (L2-5) 2003/05/08