My husband was recently diagnosed with a Schwannoma tumor at C3-C4. It is causing nerve damage and severe pain in his neck that radiates down his shoulder. His neurologist has presented two options for surgical removal. The first would be posterior surgery to remove the tumor and fuse his neck from C2 through C5. The surgeon says this is the easiest way to get the tumor out. The second option is anterior fusion at C3-C4, then a period of 3-4 months of healing, followed by a second posterior surgery to remove the tumor (without any posterior fusion). Does anyone have any insight on the better course of action? We are thinking the loss of range of motion with posterior fusion of C2-5 would be worse than enduring two surgeries.
He also has an appointment to see if he is a candidate for radiation instead of surgery. We are just exploring options right now and looking for guidance as we make this decision.
Thanks in advance!