Ay yi yi. My father--who has a War and Peace-sized medical file--is having urgent surgery on C5/C6 to remove the damaged disc kinking his spinal cord. He already has partial paralysis of both hands and has been warned if they don't act soon, Dad may not ever recover function in them...and worse, the problem will progress until he is paralyzed from the neck down.
Dad has a host of other complicating medical problems, including a heart condition, extremely low blood pressure, and most notably fairly advanced Parkinson's. But the choices are--surgery, or paralysis.
The neurosurgeon will be inserting a spacer between the discs and the area will eventually fuse (Dad is already fused from L5/S1 all the way through at least T3/T4--long story). I'm just concerned about how invasive a spacer is, and I'm wondering what kind of recovery is *typical* at least, in y'all's experience. My Dad is atypical, of course.
Is his procedure what you guys call an ALIF? They will be entering through the front. I'm not up on my terms.
Has anyone had this done on C5/C6 or nearby vertebral discs? What was your outcome?