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Troubling Results

I saw a spine specialist yesterday. To make a long story short he explained that the ACDF on C5-C6 was completely useless and not needed. The neurosurgeon who had performed the operation was hoping that by conducting an ACDF that my symptoms would go away. The problem is that my spinal cord is draped over my c3 4 and 5. It has been that way even before my ACDF. The spine surgeon says that what should have been done and what I need to have done right now is a corpectomy, laminectomy, and ACDF from C3 all the way to T2. The surgery will last about 10 hours. Has anyone had this extensive of a surgery?


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    edited 03/30/2014 - 7:13 AM
    I didn't have all of those done and just had a fusion done along with having a nerve surgically deadened. For me this took about 12 hour surgery. I would suggest having a second opinion so that you can see if they agree with the advice. Good luck!
  • How did he determine that your previous surgery was not necessary? The problem is that often different surgeons would see a mechanical problem differently, based on their own previous surgical experiences and outcomes.
    Are you near a very large city, or teaching hospital? If you are, or are not for that matter, it might be worthwhile checking them out on line and finding the department heads of spine surgery and neurospine surgery, since they tend to be the best of the best, and are the ones that others turn to when it comes to complex or difficult cases.......
    That's what I did when I was faced with a second onset of Cauda Equina Syndrome.....sought out the top doctors at the top hospitals in our largest city.
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