Hello all. My name is Ken, and I have lower back and neck problems. I'm 58 years old, and I'm not as strong as I use to be. I just had an MRI of my neck last week and the news is not good, I need a 4 - level ACDF fusion from C3 -C7. I met with a surgeon this past Thursday, and I was told the bad (good?) news about my cervical area. He wants to set up a date for surgery right away. I should hear from his office on Monday. I also have a friend who works at one of the best hospitals in Boston, and he wants me to meet with his surgeon.
I always believe in second opinions for major surgery, so that's what I'm going to do. I meet with this surgeon on Wednesday of next week. he has seen my x-rays and my MRI. I have already spoke to this surgeon by phone and he has confirmed that I need this surgery. I have never met this surgeon, but my friend that works with him will see that I get the best care possible. My friend happens to be an anesthesiologist . I know I'll be in great hands in the Boston hospital should I choose to have my surgery there. All I have to do is meet and like this surgeon, and I probably will choose him for my surgery. My symptoms are, pain in my neck, arms (both sides) and my hands. My MRI showed moderate to severe spinal stenosis, bone spurs, bulging discs. I'm in moderate to severe pain most of the time, But I had to deal with it when I had my lumbar problems.
I'm not new to back surgery as I had a laminectomy/discectomy on my L5-S1 lumbar region in 1991. Almost 24 years ago. The surgery was pretty much a success until about five years ago. I need to take care of my neck, and then I need another MRI for my lumbar region. I'm in pretty good spirits most of the time, but I need to get through this surgery soon. I know this will probably be harder on me than my lumbar surgery, but I'll get through it somehow. I know there are many people out there that are much worse off than I am. Thank you for reading and please post any questions or comments.