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Newbie From Chicago

Hi everyone my name is Rob 50 yr old male. with Cervical disc issues. For some time, but last few month have began to worsen.Have bulging discs c2-5 with bone spurs as well. First nuero visit was Wednesday and he wants to do a 3 level fusion C2-5. Going to get a 2nd opinion or 3rd but just wanted to come here for questions and support.
Cervical 360 ACDF C6/7-C7T1 Posterior fusion with hardware C3-T1 11/11/13


  • DaffydolphinDaffydolphin Posts: 98
    edited 04/13/2013 - 11:49 AM
    From just what you written, bulging discs with bone spurs, is no where near justification for considering surgery. Glad you are getting 2nd and 3rd opinions. Bulging discs causing canal and/or forminal stenosis can be treated by other means. Bone spur caused stenosis is harder to treat, but only needs surgical consideration if described as severe. Do you have an MRI report? 3 level surgical fusion for a 50 year old is major life changing surgery.
    Severe DDD, Severe neural foraminal stenosis at 2 levels, moderate canal stenosis at 2 levels, significantly impaired left shoulder & arm function. Chronic moderate compression fracture at C6.
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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