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second surgery after anterior cervical corpectomy

llee9lllee9 Posts: 2
edited 11/01/2013 - 2:03 AM in Spinal Stenosis
Hello everyone. My dad went for the anterior cervical corpectomy on August 14th, 2013. The doctor inserted a titanium cage in his C5. His conditions now are a little bit better (no more incontinence, and the electrical sensations in his legs are not as serious as before. His gait is still wobbly though). The doctor now suggested a laminoplasty because there is still compression at his posterior bone. We sought for a second opinion and the other doctor said that having a laminoplastly now is not a wise choice because his nerves will still need time to recover from the first surgery, and another surgery at this point might disrupt the bone fusion. He suggested for a wait and see approach, and if things don't deteriorate, no surgery should be done again. He also said doing a second surgery at a later time would not worsen the condition.

1) can you give me some advice now? I personally think the second opinion is better?
2) I was just very worried that dad will be paralyzed if his nerves were pinched too much. But apparently not doing this second surgery will not cause him to be paralyzed. Is it true?
3) Dad is too having muscle wasting. Is there anything that we can do (diet, exercise, acupuncture, chiropractor) to encourage the muscle to grow again, and to encourage the bone fusion?

Thank you very much in advance! Your help will really mean a lot to me. And good luck too to those who are recovering. God bless you all!


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