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C1-C2 disc rupture

I was diagnosed with congenital cervical kyphosis, spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease in 2011. The spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease were actually caused by the kyphosis. I had to have surgery because my spinal cord was kinked in four places and I was losing the use of my hands and was completely numb from the waist down. I had the first anterior cervical fusion surgery to realign my neck, remove discs C3-C7 and had C3-C7 fused. One year later, C2-C3 disc ruptured and I had it removed and C2 fused to C3. Last Fall C1-C2 disc ruptured. My surgeon said I could not have another anterior surgery and that he would have to drill a hole in the back of my head, detach my skull from my spine to remove the disc and fuse the skull back to the spine. The procedure seems a bit extreme. Was wondering if anybody could relate to my situation, and if there is a simpler way to fix my problem.


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