Summary: 49 year old male, very large c6/c7 disc herniation (MRI).
Two surgeons have recommended that I get a posterior microdiscectomy for my neck herniation. The pain is actually relatively low now (2/10), but due to the presence of significant motor weakness (left tricept much weaker than normal), they say surgery is indicated. While reading up on back surgery in general, I keep coming across horror stories of folks who end up with epidural fibrosis. However when I asked the two surgeons (one a neurosurgeon, the other an othro surgeon) about it, they say this problem (epidural fibrosis) almost never shows up in neck surgeries. Only in lumber surgeries. However neither of them knew why...
Q: is this true? is epidural fibrosis only a risk for lumbar spine surgeries, and not for neck (cervical spine) surgeries?
Thanks in advance!