I know that it is in my best interest to have a 2-level ACDF to stabilize my neck, and to stop the progression of further nerve damage and prevent spinal cord injury. But I am so worried I will have new symptoms after surgery.
I currently have deltoid paralysis, positional intermittent numbness in my hands, and a generally sore neck.
My goal is to be able to swim again, and I know that will not be possible unless I have the surgery. There are no guarantees that my deltoid function will come back, and I am ok with that. I am just so worried that with all the surgeon has to do, i will have to deal with new symptoms. I am working very hard to deal with this possibility.
I have my pre-op appt with my surgeon this Tuesday, and I have a list of questions to ask. He has a very straightforward soothing demeanor, and I am grateful for that. I feel very confident in my choice of surgeons. My surgery is the following Tuesday the 24th.
Any advice or experiences anyone can share?
ACDF C5/6 & C67 scheduled for 02/24/2015