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OPLL & Posterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

goldsoftball121ggoldsoftball121 Posts: 1
edited 11/15/2014 - 2:42 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Good Morning everyone,

I am new to posting but have been reading this forum for quite a few months. I am posting on behalf of my dad. He is 51 and just had a posterior cervical discectomy and fusion C3-T1 on November 4. Prior to October, he had been diagnosed with DISH about 12 years ago. After seeing the neurosurgeon at EDITED in October, he was diagnosed with OPLL (Ossification of Posterior Longitudinal Ligament) and no we do not have any Asian descent.

Prior to surgery, he had numbness and tingling in his left hand and arm. 11 days post-op and that is now gone, but the numbness and tingling is now in his right arm and right hand. It started about 8 days post-op. The doctor called him yesterday and told him that if he has any significant changes in strength or stability on the right side he needs to go to the ER right away.

Has anyone else experienced this? Or does anyone have any input? He handles pain incredibly well, but this is just driving him crazy! Also, I know nerves take an incredibly long time to heal, so the answer is probably to wait and time will tell. We would greatly appreciate any input.

Thank you!


  • I just had a corpectomy as the result of my OPLL. I am also having tingling on the left side and will be mentioning that to my doctor's office on Monday. I'm not too concerned because I was having tingling on the left side prior to the surgery and read that there may be damage that was already done that cannot be corrected but the surgery could prevent further damage. I also have numbness on my left thigh but feel that parts of my muscles may be waking up gradually. I have more pain on my right arm. After reading of similar situations on the Internet, I suspect that part of this is related to the decompression and the pain being able to be felt in a different way. I will let you know if the doctor indicates any concerns. My OPLL had my ligament stuck to the vertebrae body and the doctor removed the body with the ligament.

    During the procedure the individual monitoring my spinal chord and nervous system did not read any bleeps or see anything abnormal. Hope your dad is better and would love to hear more about how he has progressed.
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