I have not found out for sure yet, but I may be facing a surgery on my C7-T1 disc. From what research I have done it seems that it is a different area than the other cervical vertebrae but then despite this I can't seem to find a lot of info on any differences I may face going through a surgery at that level if any. Has anyone here had surgery done at this level and if so was it different than the typical accounts you read for cervical surgery? Do they still take the anterior route typically? Is recovery similar? One of my best friends had ACDF of her C5-C6 so I'm fully aware of the experience for the 'standard' procedure, and I just want to know if mine would probably be like that, or if having C7-T1 done will drastically change the procedure.
From my knowledge and understanding, often surgeons tend to make the process seem better than it actually turns out to be, that's why I'm looking for some actual real personal accounts as opposed to just waiting to ask the surgeon everything. The surgeon who did my friend's surgery may be doing mine and although he is a fantastic surgeon who is well skilled/did a great job, he did sugar coat the recovery process when explaining it to her beforehand.
Microlaminectomy and discectomy at C7-T1 on April 26th.