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neck surgery

Hi All, I'm a 58 year old male cancer survivor, and have been diagnosed with a deteriorating c-6 vertebrae. The above and below discs are compressing the spinal cord, and although still ambulatory at this point , I have several side effects. Numbness in both legs, hypersensitivity of feet, and what I'm told is the standard feeling of knees feeling "thick".
I'm lucky I suppose as the loss of feeling hasn't entered my arms at this point. I'm scheduled for surgery this September , a vertobrectomy.
I have read some of the posts on this topic, and knowing a former patient that had this same surgery some ten years ago, recognize the advances made in the following years.
Ever the eternal optimist, and after dealing with the cancer ( now six years clear), have every hope for a successful outcome.
I would appreciate hearing from any and all that have had this surgery, and how their outcome has been. With interest in if there has been and limitations to movement, mental health, and how much of an improvement you have experienced.
Hoping for a response, Bob.
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