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Update on Pending Cervical Spine Surgery

GreyEagleGGreyEagle Posts: 350
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I saw my DO today. He explained further why I am seeing a 'second opinion' neurosurgeon to determine what surgery I am going to have on my cervical spine.

I don't totally understand all he was saying. Unfortunately he seemed in a rush today. I hate that when doctors rush you in and out.

Anyway, what I got out of it the left side of my C-5/C-6 complex (or however you want to describe it) is not as bad as the right side where the nerve root is. This is what the 'second opinion' neurosurgeon comes in. They want to make sure that what they do takes away my severe pain arm symptoms.

That's what I get out of it. I know my neuro was talking about laminectomy or acdf C-5/C-6. But he's not sure which he is doing.

I'm still waiting for them to set up the appointment with the 'second opinion' neuro.

I wish I understood the anatomy of my cervical spine better so I could clearly grasp what they are talking about when they say 'left' or 'right' side. I understand the levels the the discs in between the vertebrae. I don't clearly understand the 'left' and 'right' talk. Maybe someone can point me to an article or video on this web site that can clear this up.

Thanks for listening! :H

Ken GreyEagle


  • That helped a lot bigcat! The view from above showed the hole on the left side in the bone where the nerve root goes thru. Then it showed a hole that looked similar on the right side with a label saying blood vessels go thru that one.

    I'm wondering if nerve roots go thru both sides. It would make sense to me. That would explain why they are not sure which side to fix if it isn't clear which one is causing the trouble.

    I hope to get answers when I see my second opinion neuro. His bio says he specializes in difficult cases so I am very hopeful. I'm thankful also that my neuro is approaching this very carefully and cautiously.

    Ken GreyEagle
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  • It is reassuring when doctors take the time to fully understand what surgery is the best for your unique situation. I know waiting is hard, but better than them jumping in and doing something that doesn't help, then having to go back and do it again. Did they give you any idea when the second opinion might be? Hang in there big guy.

  • Hi Maggie:

    I am just waiting for the second opinion neuro's office to call me to tell me when my appt. is. I was told by my neuro I should be getting a call in the next few days. So, hopefully.

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