Hello can someone please help me understand what the surgeon told me. I have severe cervical bi lateral foraminal stenosis on multiple levels with osteophytes and probable nerve root compression as well as herniated discs at c5-c7. For the past six months I have tried epidural injections, traction,pt, and today I had a trams foraminal nerve block at c-7. Last week the surgeon said I needed surgery (Acdf) today he said he wanted to do the transforaminal injection first to ensure that this is indeed the source of my pain and numbness in my arm and hand. If the shot works do I still need surgery? Is this type of injection therapeutic or for diagnosis? I have had short term relief with the epidural injections in thei past but the pain and numbness always return. I have had a total of 7 injections this far. The pain and numbness are affecting my quality of life and are interfering with my job (I work in a physical active career). so I guess my biggest question is simply what next?
I am a 34y/o male in good shape other than a compression fracture at t4 and the cervical problems listed above.
ThankI advance for any help or suggestions.