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dmdocddmdoc Posts: 13
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:55 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am curious if the MRI pre operative is usually accurate. Has anyone required a more complicated surgery than was expected?


  • I have read numerous accounts of others having this experience. I myself have had this happen several times. MRI is good to "get you in the ball park", but certainly isn't always the definitive diagnostic tool.

  • I had an MRI and CT Myelogram before my surgery. They both showed herniations at T7-8, T8-9, and T9-10, but T8-9 and T9-10 were the worst and were compressing my spinal cord. When I woke up from the surgery, the NS came in and said the surgery went well. He said that when he got in there, he found that T9-10 was much larger than it had appeared from the images and it was really pressing on my spinal cord. So basically it was a good thing I had the surgery when I did and didn't try to wait it out. The MRI images give them a good look at what's going on, but what I see a lot of people say is that when the surgeon gets in there, they find it's worse than it had appeared.
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  • My experience exactly. MRI was taken late December and surgery was performed late January. Surgeon said it would be minimally invasive and last about 2 hours.

    After surgery he said...it took about 5 hours and could not be performed MIS because my spurring and bone growth was too obstructive. I have two nice scars now - one is about 3 inches immediately on top of my spine and the other is about 6 inches to the right of my spine.

    MRI's will help them, and you, prepare but they are not always, if ever, 100% definitive.
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