Hi everyone - I have been reading alot from everyone, preparing myself for what I thought was just going to be ACDF. However, yesterday I received my dr's progress notes regarding my CAT SCAN, and plans for surgery - here is what it says:
1. C4-C5 degenerative disc disease with Kyphosis and C6 cystic lesion approx. 50%vertebral body
2. C7 hemangioma
3. Significant mechanical pain as well as neurologic symptoms, C7 radiculopathy.
1. Proceed with ACDF at C4-C-5
2. Review films ""w/colleagues"" and determine if C5-C-6 and C-6-C-7 should be instrumented and fused to protect her C6 verebral body for which she feels pain symptomatology with axial loading or mechanical movement of her neck. This is to avoid impending pathologic fracture.
So needless to say I not sure what is going on - I just know I really do not want him to go through the back of my neck since it will mean having my trap muscles cut --- which I hear is just horrible.
I did call the office, with hopes in finding out ""IF" the orginal plan of ACDF has changed or not. At that point and time I was not presented to my drs colleagues, he is hoping next week to get back to me. However, I responded by saying "OH whenever he has time, otherwise I will see him on the 29th"........now thinking about it OH MY GOD I NEED TO KNOW NOW, NOT LATER WHAT HE PLANS ON DOING!!!
Any suggestions? my dr did tell me, what i have is rare - which is why he is consulting with others.
thanks for help or information about your experience if you had the same thing