I am a 47 yr old female recently diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and cervical spinal stenosis with myelopathy and radiculation. The symptoms came on suddenly March 26, 2015. My MRI shows the stenosis is congenital with my "normal" measured at 10mm and compressed at the C4-C6 at the 6mm range and the C5 at 5.7mm.
One Dr. I went to wants to do ACDF 3 level surgery. He wants to do surgery ASAP saying that since we are in the 2 month window to fix this we have the highest percentages to regain the muscle loss and feeling loss.
My 2nd opinion Dr. wants to do C2-C7 laminoplasty and agrees sooner is better but there is no magic 2 month window.
I don't know which way to go. I have read over the information on the website about each procedure and read many posts about each surgery, good and bad. Thoughts, ideas, opinions are welcome!
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