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neck surgery - any risk of epidural fibrosis?

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?

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  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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