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?