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About a month ago I woke up in excruciating pain going down my right arm. After many tests I found out I have 3 degenerating cervical discs. The problem is C7/T1, it is extruded out the side and is pressing on my C8 nerve.

I have gotten 2 opinions from 2 different spine surgeons in the Twin Cities area. They both recommended what I think is the same surgery, but they called different things. One called it a laminoforaminotomy and discectomy, the other called it posterior cervical decompression.

Both agreed that they would not recommend a multi-level fusion at this point, although I might need it in the future..

I am very scared, I have never had any spine surgery, and never thought this would happen to me. What if something goes wrong and I end up worse than before? What if the surgery doesn't cure the pain?

Anyone out there had a really good experience with surgery in the Twin cities or Rochester and want to share your experience?


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    You may want to check out the spine surgery forums under the Condition and Treatment forums so that you can talk more directly to other patients who have experienced those surgeries and can discuss their outcomes with you. It would also be beneficial to talk to another surgeon just so that you can decide which surgeon you feel most comfortable with, and have the most confidence in. It is very common for different doctors to prefer using different approaches for a similar surgery. That's why having sometimes a third or fourth opinion helps to clarify things for the patient. Also have a list of questions that you have to bring to each appointment with you. All of the surgeons should want to answer any concerns or questions that you might have prior to the surgery. If not, they may not be the right surgeon for you.
    Good luck
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