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Saw the Ns today, cut will be in the middle

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Okay, I saw the NS today , my surgery is scheduled for October 7th. I asked him all kinds of questions, he said my cut will be on the right and it will be vertical because that is easier to get higher up?? Also I asked about the left and right side thing and he said that when since he is right handed it is easier for him, So ther we have it.

I asked him about doing the bone marrow thing instaed of taking bone from my hip and he said that he will ask other neuro surgeons that do this and will let me know, he said that he him self does not do it and said that cadaver bone works pretty well and that he does not have a high non fusion rate at all. (he did over 800 surgeries) Yes I asked all of that..
I have to get another MRI soon because they don't use MRI's older then 6 months.
I asked the question again what would happen if I did not get the surgery and he said; well you won't get paralized, but you won't get any better either. He aslo said that he has neck issues and that he does not want any body "messing" with his neck :jawdrop: very comforting I thought, but I guess if I was making my living as a neuro surgeon I would delay surgery also. He said he uses a traction device everytime he has pain or tinnling in his arm.

So then I asked well what if I don't have the surgery and do what you do will I get better and he said No but it migyht help your symptoms. So basicly I found out that if I don't have the surgery My neck and spondylosis and stenosis will either stay the same or get worse,but it will never get better.

Who had this dillema because now I don't kknow if I should do the surgery or not. ~X( :W ~X( He said it could stay the same or get worse...what to do what to do


  • I am only three weeks post op so don't know the long term but...I have a left side down or right up to the middle. I did not lose my voice but have problems with large pills or anything not chewed well. I have to take the skin off of apple, tomatoes etc or they get stuck. I am a woman but have the best vibrating voice! Hopefully that will change as time goes on but if it doesn't it won't be the end of the world. I turn 50 next year and always wanted something that made me different! 8>

    Good luck and best wishes, PP
  • I have not had any issues with scar or voice loss. One of the guys that I work with had same procedure when I did. His is on the left. You cannot even see my scar. Doc picked a good wrinkle to put it in.
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  • Have to say that I have not had any problems with my voice either. I would think it doesn't matter which side because they have to move everything out of the way to do the surgery either way.
  • My incision goes from the middle of my esophagus over about 2 inches to the left. I never had voice problems so to speak. My voice felt and sounded like it was going to go out a few times but it never did. I do have problems with pills and foods(even though I chew them forever before swallowing.)
  • Mine is smack dab in the center. Could be because they needed to reach all the way to T1. 2nd surgeon used the same incision, just opened it up another inch to the right. No voice problems, other than a little weakness when I tried to sing or raise my voice at my kids. They loved it that I couldn't yell at them :jawdrop:
    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
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  • My first surgery was C5-6 11 years ago. No problems at all. Last surgery at C6-7 was 5 weeks ago. My voice is still weak and high pitched (like I'm on helium) but is very slowly getting better. No problems with eating or chewing - however, I have a horrible sounding cough and tend to choke sometimes. I see my doctor again next week and will be asking how long it is going to take for my voice to get back to normal.
  • My incision is on the right side. I haven't had any voice problems. Swallowing was vert difficult the first few weeks. 6 weeks after surgery now I still feel like something is poking my throat but not having trouble swallowing. Doc said it was normal because the throat has to be pulled out of the way so the surgical site can be viewed.
  • I had ADR c5-6 and 6-7, my incision is from the middle to the right. My voice was a bit squeaky/croaky afterwards but that only lasted for a couple of days.
  • my scar is from the middle of my collar bone up the right side of my neck to just under my chin. i had voice weakness at first more because of muscle issues but it got better very quickly no change in voice at all.im four months post surgery
  • :jawdrop: Ooh my Goodness!! That is awfull. Did you sue?
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