Hello to Everyone,
I am brand new to this forum. I've just visited my Neurosurgen this morning and he told me that I need Anterior Cervical Fusion surgery.
This was my first visit with this Dr and he reviewed a recent MRI and Xray's which showed that showed that I had a 40% impingment on my spine at C6-C7. I also had lesser problems at C3, C4 and C5. He told me that my situation was critical and that a fall or accident could kill me or paralize me for life. Of course that scared the heck out of me. He asked me if I wanted to go ahead with surgery now and I told him I needed to talk with my wife and digest this information. I have a return appointment in 2 weeks.
Many people that I know, including a retired surgeon, have told me not to get surgery unless it was absolutly necessary.
My question is, can DDD be that critical and can anyone give me some advise as to where I can get additional informatiom so I can make an informed decision?
Thank you for any assistance you can give.