I have severe stenosis and some damages in my C4-C5, C5-C6 area. I have some pain/numbness on hands, legs, upperback area. I am trying to figure out whether to go for surgery.
1) neurologists and my PCP thought I should be able to try to live without surgery and try conservative treatment (is there any such thing?)
2) I have seen two surgeons both think I would need surgery at some point in my life. They both felt it was not urgent. One felt there are some risks in waiting.
Now I met this famous surgeon who did thousands of surgeries and he thought "neck-down-paralysis" was a real risk and I should get the surgery ASAP. The surgery he described seemed to be one of the better options (fusion with peek spacer using the patients bone from the area). While he was a very intelligent person, he described my situation in really scary terms. (I understand you are not giving me medical advice, nor do you have my MRI or xRays), I would like to hear patients perspective on how surgeon's describe the situation.
MRI shows C4-C7 severe steonosis. Pain in hand.