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I have been having neck issues for about 8 months. Severe degeneration, pinched nerves, bone spurs, bulging discs and kyphosis of the spine. I have seen 3 doctors and we have tried every non-invasive treatment available. The first doc I saw wanted to do a 3 level ACDF but I thought it was too soon and decided to get a second opinion and try additional treatments. The treatments failed and I was not happy with the second doctor so I have been seeing the 3rd for about 3 months. He is suggesting an ACDF C3-7 and then a second surgery a week later, Posterior C-3-T1.
Has anyone had to have this done in two separate surgeries? The posterior surgery scares the heck out of me. He said that is the only was to get to some of the nerves and to put the screws in from the back of my neck to try to straighten and correct the kyphosis.
I know this is only a decision one can make personally but it would be nice to get some feedback. I am super active, off road, hike, ski and that all could be in my past. I don't know if I want to live with the pain for as long as I can or go ahead and get this out of the way.
Thanks for any feedback. Enjoy your weekend.