Just found this site a few days ago. I'm about to have ACDF done @ C5-C7 next week in Chicago. I have already found this site to be a treasure trove of answers.
I'm pretty confident I'm making the right decision to have the surgery as I have now had two neurosurgeons and one orthopedic surgeon all say the same thing, "You Need Surgery Now". I recently had an epidural steroid shot and it did a very good job for the pain. Unfortunately, my spinal cord is so compressed and there is a 6mm cyst in the cord as well, it’s got all the doc’s nervous. I’m nervous about it as well, especially when I hear the words “permanent nerve damage”. I’m fairly young, 37y.o. male rapidly approaching 38, so the doc’s are optimistic about my recovery.
I do feel kind of guilty having the surgery now, my wife is 7 months pregnant and now she has to look after me for the next few weeks. I’m still trying to come to grips with not being able to drive for a month. With luck I should be well on the road to recovery by the time the baby is born.
I do have one ridiculous question. Has anybody with any hardware in their neck/lower back ever set off the metal detectors at the airport? I believe the plate they are going to put in my neck is titanium, so I’m curious as to whether nonferrous metals will set it off. I know this is a stupid question but I can’t get it out of my head.
Anyway, I look forward to learning from you all, and hopefully I can be of some use as well.