Just joined this group and posted within another thread. After reading all some of the posts, I can see that the best way to get some support and feedback is by starting a new thread, so without being too redundant, here goes.
I have been scheduled for have a Cervical Laminectomy with fusion from C2 through T1 for severe stenosis and spinal cord compression. I have received opinions from two neurosurgeons along with an Orthopedic surgeon, all stating that I need the surgery. I was told that without the surgery there is a 70% chance that it will get worse and I will have worsening of my symptoms (balance issues, rapid reflexes, compromised fine motor skills, etc.). It seems as if, under these circumstances, I have no choice.
I have decided to use a very accomplished Orthopedic Surgeon at [EDIT] Philadelphia. He is extremely experienced, but, needless to say, I am so frightened, not just about the surgery, but also the outcome. It seems as if there are lots of posts about failed surgeries and horrible outcomes. I could really use to hear from people that have had positive outcomes. Is there anyone here that could offer some positive feedback? Thank you so very much......
Cervical Laminectomy and fusion C2 to T1 June 2012, Anterior Hip Replacement November 2012, Laminectomy, Discectomy Foriminotomy, L3 to L5, February 2014, evacuation of Hematoma April 2014.
Cervical Myopathy, DDD, Spinal Stenosis, osteoarthritis