Just had pre-op with 2 surgeons. It is either a 5 level cervical laminoplasty, c3-7 or a 3 level fusion. Most of the offending material compressing the spinal cord is in the anterior. I don't really have myelopathy. My goal is to start surfing again. I'm 65.
The pros and cons seem to point toward the fusion, less pain,quicker recovery,removing offending material and increasing disc space.The problems are fusion not taking and more surgery and the adjacent vertebrae problematic above and below the fusions. The laminoplasty more painful,longer rehab,possible problem with c5 nerve root, possible drop head,not for pain relief and really not dealing directly with the problem. My surgery is scheduled for October 14, 2013!!!
Have I answered my own problem?