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Cervical spine surgery

Hello, I have a herniated disk in my neck causing cervical spine stenosis. Has anyone had a successful surgery? I have read such horror stories and now I have high anxiety making my symptoms worse. I have met with a surgeon at Northwestern who says the surgery will take the neck pain away and my head pain. Is this true ?


  • I had a fusion at c5-c6 on 2/2012 due to disc herniation with moderate stenosis and spinal cord deformity. The healing process was about 6 months honestly. Had good relief after that, but the risk is that a fusion puts additional strain on the discs above the fused site. So in my case the disc above has now herniated and is causing the same symptoms I started with. I have to have another fusion on c4-c5 in December 2013.

    What surgery is being recommended?
  • I had a fusion at c5 c6. And my husband had a fusion at c4 c5 c5 c6. And have not had any problems with our necks since. We both were working very physically demanding jobs. He went back to work 2 months post op and I went back 3 months post op. I would do it all over again without a second thought.
    A lot of people who have great outcomes do not come back to the forums as they are out living life again. So there are probably more negative results posted.
    You have to decide what is best for you but I am really glad I went through the surgery.

    I wish you much luck.
    Acdf C5 C6 12/13/12
    Laminectomy and Discectomy L5 S1 12/12/13
  • DonnabeDDonnabe Posts: 597
    edited 11/17/2013 - 7:51 PM
    Just make sure to try all conservitave methods first (physical therapy, injections, medications- those type of things), and get a second opinion. I am 26 and I had c4-5 fused in 2011. While I don't regret the surgery I am not pain free like I had hoped to be. Like others have said having a fusion puts pressure on discs above and below and usually later in life more surgery is required. I was thinking more along the lines of 10 years at least, but after 1.5 years it was recommended to add c 5-6. At this point I won't do it. Just think of the severity of your pain and how it effects your life. If it is severe enough, and you have tried all conservative approaches, then surgery your only hope and you have to do it!
    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
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