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fardaaftabffardaaftab Posts: 35
edited 10/06/2013 - 7:37 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I'm new at this site. Most of the posts are about problems after surgery. There are no successful post at all. I wonder why is that so. Probably those with no pain after surgery are happily enjoying their life, I have tolerable pain in both arms and constant numbness in my left arm and fingers. My neurosurgeon is not pushing for surgery and wants me to make decision. After reading these posts I'm scare to death to death. I really do not like to leave with this small pain but afraid to get worse and it is not reversible. Please, I need some advise. I VERY MUCH APPRACIATE YOUR ADVISE.

By the way I have had two MRI in past two years and one EMG result point to Foraminal stenosis without spinal stenosis at C5-C6 and some other minor issued on other levels.



  • You guessed right, many of the people who undergo surgery do have good outcomes and then quickly resume their lives like before they had surgery and don't stick around on websites like this for long once they recover. And that's the goal, to have the surgery or fix the problem somehow and then go back to the land of the living.
    The decision to have surgery or not is mostly what is called elective, meaning that the surgeon recommends surgery but we can choose to have it or not.
    The big factors in deciding to have surgery in most cases are if there is a mechanical or structural problem that can be fixed and if there is nerve damage or compression. If there are either of those situations, but especially when it comes to the nerves in the spine , you have to decide if you can live with the pain and numbness and if it is a risk that you are willing to take if you wait.....
    We all know how difficult it can be to have to make that decision. Have you consulted with a second surgeon to see what he says before making a final decision?
  • fardaaftabffardaaftab Posts: 35
    edited 10/06/2013 - 8:09 AM
    Thanks Sandi;
    Yes I have consulted with an orthopedic spine surgeon at a well known university hospital. He suggested to do bilateral posterior micro foraminotomy on both side of one level. he did not give me any other choice. But told me if I want I can see another specialist for second opinion. My NS is against this because it is like two surgeries one on each side. he wants to do the traditional ACDF. I exercise every day and have minimal pain and some constant numbness. I am planning to see another NS for the third opinion. Thanks again for your input.
  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 10/06/2013 - 10:29 AM
    surgeon is always something that I suggest to someone who is considering surgery. It helps you to feel confident that the recommendations are the right ones for you, and if there are other options, it gives you a chance to talk with the surgeons about those and why one might feel that one type of surgery is better than another. Having a third surgeon, when you have differing opinions gives you a chance to find out which of the other two the third agrees with and why......
    And who knows? You may find that the third surgeon is the one that you feel most comfortable with......and choose him.
  • My first lamenectomy i was only 17 yrs. Old and it lasted for 30 years with no problems until a second car accident.
    Had a second lamenectomy and it was successful and it lasted 13 years till the next car accident

    So to answer your qyestion, YES YES YES

    There are many successful spine surgeries and i think there are more successes than failures

    PS all of the car accidents were NOT my fault

  • I suffered for 3 years with do off label products used in my Neck back in 2010. I did a lot of research and I found a surgeon who Changed My Life Completely!!! I'm never going to be 100% but no one is after surgery.

    Look at the Quarter Back for the Bronco's he had to have at least 3 surgeries to get it Right!!! He is a professional athlete. I watch every game he plays.

    Take care.......and do your homework it will pay off in the long run.
    ACDF C4-C7 5/13/2010. Synthetic Bone Graft Failed Fusion.
    PCF C4-C7 8/13/13. Rods and Screws Fused in 3 Months with Autograft.
    C6-C7 Spineous process Surgically Shaved Off 3/11/14.
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    Around 8 weeks ago I had a fusion of l5-s1. I can say my pain is completely gone. No more sciatica, no more back aches unless I Overdo things, I am still in early recovery for a fuson. Now my neck is a different story. 5 surgeries there, I am stable and that was the main objective. I still have pain but since my lower back surgery my meds have went from Opana, nuerotin, zanaflex and vicodin for break thru pain to only vicodin which controls my neck pain
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    Yes, I have had 7 Spinal Surgeries , 3 complete joint replacements, 1 coming up in 2 weeks, but when its all said and done,
    I have had success with my spinal surgeries.

    The pains and discomforts that were associated prior to each surgery were corrected by each surgery. Some of the follow on surgeries were due because I was the one to blame for not being compliant with my limitations
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • We learn from our mistakes and the mistakes of others.
    Please share what you did that you should not have done that caused you to have follow-up surgeries.
    Did you lift something heavy for example? And re-injure your spine

    I for one overdo it sometimes, but want to lesrn from others as well

    Thanks in advance

    PS i have had 11 hip surgeries, they are no fun, but successful for a time

  • RennersChickRRennersChick Posts: 228
    edited 10/08/2013 - 3:45 AM
    I'm just a few days over one month post op and have been back to work 1 week already. I had an L5 S1 Microdiscectomy on September 5th of this year. Yes, I had pain after. Yes, I still have some pain now, but it is nothing compared to what it was. I have set backs here and there but surgery doesn't automatically equal pain free. It takes TIME and sometimes, for some people, it takes multiple surgeries. And sometimes it does make it worse. It's case by case, but here are most certainly success stories here!
    36 yr old with one degenerative disc (L5-S1)
    3 rounds of Epidurals in 2013
    6 PT visits in 2013
    Microdiscectomy L5 S1 on 9/5/2013.
    Re-herniated in January 2014.
    Epidural on 3/3/14.
    A/PLIF (L5-S1) 6/3/14
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    -lifting more than your restriction is set at. Now, my is at 40bls, but for a while it was only 15lb
    -keeping up with your stretches and exercises -
    - Focus in on a diet plan and stick with it
    Once, I started to feel better, I totally ignored those 3 points above. After all, was not quite 30 and I could conquer the world.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • That for the most part we All seem to over do it and end up hurting ourselves. I just explained that to my Surgeon and he said yes, that hurt didn't it. So knowing what you can and cannot do HELPS. Like Ron said doing the exercises and stretches is a must, watching your diet, and lifting what your suppose to NOT what you think you can do. We are all guilty of over doing it.

    This is just my opinion.
    ACDF C4-C7 5/13/2010. Synthetic Bone Graft Failed Fusion.
    PCF C4-C7 8/13/13. Rods and Screws Fused in 3 Months with Autograft.
    C6-C7 Spineous process Surgically Shaved Off 3/11/14.
  • chrelseycchrelsey Posts: 90
    edited 10/12/2013 - 10:39 AM
    I had a one-level ACDF surgery eight weeks ago, and I am SO glad that I did it. About three years ago when I first started seeing my neurosurgeon, it was mainly for back issues. For those, I had options - physical therapy, injections, etc., but when he looked at my cervical MRI, he said I had only one option - surgery. However, since my symptoms weren't horrible - only mild hand tingling at that point - he said we could monitor it, and when my symptoms began to worsen, we would have to do the surgery. Well, I lasted three years before the mild hand tingling turned into tailbone numbness, arm pain, and increased arm/hand tingling. As my symptoms were progressing rapidly, we proceeded with the surgery - and I have no regrets. The worst part about recovery was the difficulty I had swallowing for about 10 days, and the neck/shoulder spasms and cramping that lasted for a few weeks. But I'm eight weeks out, now, and all of the numbness and tingling I had before is gone. Yay! Unfortunately my lower lumbar issues have continued to get worse and I am now facing the possibility of a fusion before the end of the year, but the success from this surgery has encouraged me!

    All of our issues are uniquely different - and we all recover differently - and that makes this a very personal decision for each of us. I just wanted to share - as many others have - that there are success stories out there.

    Best of luck to you as you make the decision that is right for you!

  • Hi Becky
    I'm very glad that you are feeling so good. This is very encouraging. I have decided not to have surgery but wait and watch my situation. I have started doing my stretches every day and even some light weight lifting. to strengthen my neck mussels and improve the flexibility. I may need surgery down the road but have decided to wait. My pain is very much tolerable and numbness is always there. and my surgeon is not sure if surgery do any good for my numbness. Thank you for posting your success story. we all need to here more of successful surgeries to compensate for all the failed ones.
  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805
    hey fartaaftab,
    You better believe there are a lot of success stories here, you can add this cowboy to the list also. Not as many spine surgeries as Ronnie but I'm catching up to him. And btw, in about 5 months I'm going back to have another cervical fusion and I'll bet you that will be successful also. They are no small repairs, anterior & posterior both.
    Good idea to get more than one opinion, hope you can be added to the success list too.
  • I have had five lumbar surgeries and I consider myself a success. Sure I may still have some pain here and there. I am not sure that any person who has had more than one fusion who doesn't has some pain every now and then.
    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
  • I had my surgery back in June. While I am no where near ready to return to work, I am WAY better than I was before the surgery. I do not regret having surgery for a second, as the sciatic/leg pain that was crippling me is gone. I know that I may have to learn to live with some degree of pain from now on, depending on the day or the weather or if I have pushed myself too far .... but I can function, and am not in agony. It has been a very frustrating process, and times I wonder if things will get better, but they do. It is just slooooooooow! I am not that great at being patient :-)

    48 year old freight handler. Bilateral foraminotomy, decompression of nerve roots and reduction of spondylolisthesis at L4-5 with open PILF and autogenous bone graft from left hip - June 13, 2013
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