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surgery or not?

SukhreSSukhre San Diego, CAPosts: 181
edited 05/22/2015 - 5:32 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
My first neurosurgeons/orthopedic surgeon appointments are early july and mid june. (I have stenosis).

PCP mentioned that surgery may not be only treatment. What other treatments? physical therapy? traction? Are they effective? I read somewhere that neurosurgeons are not aware that real success rate for 1 level surgery is only 70% (10% needs a redo or surgery at another level, i m not sure what other 20% are,I guess no improvement from surgery). Surgeons mentions 95% success rate for 1 level which really means 1 year followup where surgery did not do major mess up (Usually patient's condition is not much improved at that point).

What are the real options? Do surgery and take the risk?

My report seems serious "C4-C5 narrowing, C5-C6 severe narrowing, possible myelomalacia, C6-C7 severe narrowing and flattening". My primary care does not seem to worry much either. He says "possible myelomalacia means possible not 100%". I have pain in my shoulder/head and numbness & swallowing difficulty on my throat. Overall quality (pain &numbness) of life is so poor I took 50% time off from work during last three months.

Should I avoid carrying any weights? Any precautions?
MRI shows C4-C7 severe steonosis. Pain in hand.


  • rtconant1rrtconant1 Posts: 348
    edited 05/23/2015 - 4:10 PM
    Granted, sometimes researching isn't the best thing to do but I find it odd that they are not that concerned but then again that seems like a theme to doctors now a days. I am guessing that maybe the doctor hasn't really looked at your file and reason for coming. Could you try to get on a cancellation list for moving your appointment up. I know that they all say because I have heard it too ...." They have other patients that are much sicker than you". But of course how do they know before looking into your file? I really don't have much to help you but I understand the uncertainty. We all do. I fought a lot with my primary doctor on getting help but they didn't.
    Tracie C
  • I have the same question but I'm leaning more towards no after reading all the negeative results here...
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