IN 2009 I had an anterior corpectomy with fusion and a posterior laminectomy with instrumentation from T1 to C4-C5 . I recently had an MRI because my left arm has atrophied more and I am experiencing pain in both arms and hands. (I suffered irreversible nerve damage to my left arm and hand)
The result is I now have disc decompression and stenosis in my C3/C4 that has caused spinal cord damage. The surgeon I spoke with wants to remove the original instrumentation from the back of my neck, perform another laminectomy, and add new instrumentation.
I am very scared for many reasons, but mainly because I am older now (60) and concerned the recovery won't be as easy as the first recovery. Not that it was a party, but it wasn't as bad as expected. I am on medication that compromises my immune system and assume will have to stop taking it, but have not received an answer for that yet. I will be getting a second opinion because the surgeon that did my first surgery is no longer practicing and now I have to find another one I like and trust.
In the meantime, I would like to know if anyone has experienced a similar repeat surgery and how things went from pre- op to post op and any other issues that may have come up.
Thanks for your help!