My mother, who's 83, has three cervical discs compressing on her spinal cord. She was told today that she has to have surgery or she'll likely become paralyzed.
It appears to be "deja vu all over again" because I recently had an acdf for spinal cord compression 3 months ago and am still recovering. Neither of us, nor anyone else in our family, have any history of back problems; so this is indeed odd.
As tough as recovery has been going for me -- and I only had one level fused -- I'm much more concerned about my mother, who needs three levels fused!
I'm wondering if anyone knows of anyone who's in their 80s and has had similar surgery with success or what their advice might be regarding surgery for an elderly person who's in good health otherwise (e.g. try conservative treatment no matter what?). Thanks much!