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surgery for c 4-7

Hi All,

Im new here at this forum so bear with me while i figure this all out. I have a possible surgery coming up. I am waiting for a approval from workers comp, I was in a car accident, was t-boned and the air bag pretty much did some nerve damage to my neck and arms..While drs have been looking over through mri's emg's etc...they found arthiritis, spinal stenosis, and also discs that are herniated...so in saying all this, it is found in the cervical area c4 to c7....my biggest concern is how much range of motion do you loose?? and what are some of the side affects that say someone a year or two later feels? I am hearing alot of negative and everywhere I go people are telling me don't do it, its risky and there are no guarantees you will come out pain free...all this has me scared and confused on what to do, and to know that this is a permanent thing once its done I live with it for the rest of my days....could you please share what you are going through and help calm my nerves and confusion....thank you so much.


  • countrygirlccountrygirl Posts: 61
    edited 06/27/2013 - 7:37 PM
    I had ACDF surgery June 17th. I drive a school bus and have been off work since April 4th. My whole left side was weak without a handgrip and when walking my left knee would buckle. Numbness pretty much everywhere, but could still feel. MRI showed Stenosis, bone spurs, 2 herniated disc and spondylolisthesis. The doctors reported it as Spinal stenosis with acute Myelopathy. I was told the surgery was a 50-50 chance of getting strength back and loose numbness. The purpose of the surgery was to stop the progression and not to fix any current damage from cord compression. The surgeon did tell me it was urgent but not emergency to get surgery, but did say if I waited too long like 6 months that it would probably be permanent damage. Well it has been 10 since spinal fusion of C4-6 and everyday the pain in back of neck is better every day. Good news, by the second day I could hold a glass in my left hand for the first time in months and could also stand on my left food, yah. The doc told me that I would lose 15 percent motion, but didn't have very good motion since this happened so probably wont notice.
    ACDF C4/5, C5-6
    June 17, 2013
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    edited 06/28/2013 - 9:18 AM
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