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bigcountry913bbigcountry913 Posts: 1
edited 08/04/2015 - 5:42 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I have a question to ask and been trying to find some answers or video's I've be diagnosed with cervical stenosis with neuropathy and several other issues I've spoken to three doctors two which are doctors not of my choosing the other doctor says I'm in need of surgery soon he say surgery would be posterior cervical fixation C3-T1 ,DCL C3-C6 now could someone help with what I have to expect and help explain what he's suggesting and possibly direct me to a video if there is a video of the procedure thanks in advance

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Here is one video you may want to look at: Posterior Cervical Discetomy

But you can also read a lot in: Cervical Spine Surgery

--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 08/04/15 23:38 est



  • I had posterior cervical fusion in June og 2013, laminectomy and the whole nine yards. I found this sight before surgery and it was very helpful. I had 4 opinions before making decision. Some of the best ortho and Nero are available in my area. Any paticular questions I can help you with just PM me and I will see if I can help. Hopefully you have gotten more then 1 opinion. Here if you need an appt ASAP they usually have you fax your reports they review and call you to set up. I never told 1 doc ahead of time what the other one had to say. I always wanted to hear their opinion first. The only difference was ortho verses neuro. 1 doc showed me the material they would use, how many screws rods etc on a model. That was very helpful.
    Good luck and please let me know if I can help. They also have a sheet on this site of all the things one would need to prepare for surgery. I went off the list to make my purchases ahead of time. That list was great. Maybe not all the items but a lot of them. Keep tags on things and if you don't use return. Read all the info on this site that you can because , I researched all that I could and wAs so glad that I did.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    This site has a huge video library!
    At the top of page, there's a link for ..videos.

    You can also use __ search__ at upper right on page. Type in your concerns and it may lead you to older posts, articles, and or videos. The videos are very simply stated, not difficult medical jargon, and very informative.
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    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    edited 08/06/2015 - 1:40 AM
    I suggest reading all you can on the subject. I was well prepared for mine thanks to my surgeon, He gave me every outcome possible. I will not lie it was not a easy surgery but worth it. The hardest part of this surgery is getting up from a lying down position. Lets just say I let out a warrior cry everytime I would get out of bed. Once I was up I was good. Keep us posted and good luck
  • Check YouTube as well. I had ACDF (anterior cervical fusion) and I found tons of videos of the procedure on you tube as well as testimonies from people who have had the procedure. Good luck to you.
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