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C3-7 fusion

TootTToot Posts: 2
edited 01/10/2015 - 8:27 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am scheduled for a c3-7 fusion in 2 weeks. I am 70 and really worried about the outcome. I have no pain, but 2 doctors say I NEED surgery or could easily be paralyzed.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 01/10/2015 - 8:29 PM

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Are you having any symptoms of myelopathy? Weakness in legs, arms, grip issues, incontinence issues? I just had C3-6 done for cervical stenosis with cervical myelopathy. From what I've read, they normally don't recommend surgery unless you have myelopathy signs, especially because stenosis is commonly found in asymptomatic people.
    Have you gotten other opinions?
    For me, the surgery wasn't *that* bad, but I'm younger (43), in good shape, and have great bones. I tend to think I handle pain pretty well too. On the downside, I haven't recovered much yet, but that can take months to years.

    ACDF w/Corpectomy C3-6 12/8/14 ; Laminectomy C3-6  5/19/2016

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