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Cervical fusion or Not...

I was in an auto accident and 3 months later I am having numbness and weakness in my left arm. I have seen a surgeon and surgery could be a good option for me. The injury is only between C6 and C7 with root impingement. I do have pain in my arm and clavicle on left side. I keep hearing from one 'camp' Don't have surgery and certainly don't let them fuse you in your neck. Then I hear, If you don't take care of this now while you are relatively young and healthy this could be a real disability in your future. Anyone have similar experience? Did you do the surgery? Looking for encouragement. The doctor said I could be running and back to my usual activities in 6 months or so...


  • Lili_InuLLili_Inu Posts: 633
    edited 07/25/2012 - 2:27 AM
    The mixed opinions you are hearing are both valid. It all depends on the individual. Remember the people on this forum are those who are still experiencing issues. The ones who are doing well don't usually come on this forum. That being said, my latest physical therapist told me that her sister had a 1 level fusion done 12 years ago and has had no other issues since and was so happy she had the surgery. Obviously, this is just one story of success, but I believe there are many out there. Everyone's condition is different and there are many variables involved in a successful surgery: a reputable/experienced surgeon, how long have you had the injury, the extent of the nerve damage, post-op recovery rehab, etc. Ultimately, you have to make the decision and be happy with it. I wish you luck in finding the right decision!
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
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