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MRI Results

wgreenlee12wwgreenlee12 Posts: 10
edited 09/02/2015 - 7:14 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hello everyone I have received a MRI and need some assistance with the findings. I will limit the 2 area's of concern which are the C5-6 and C6-7. The report states C5-6 Prior cervical fusion. There is residual right paracentral disc osteophyte with mass effect on the ventral right C6 nerve root.
The C6-7 Cervical fusion. Residual broad-based posterior disc osteophyte asymmeteric to the left. There is residual left greater than right neural foraminal stenosis.
The MRI was conducted on the 17th of July 2015 and was a month after my ACDF Surgery. Any help with relaying this into common human terms would be greatly appreciated. One last thing is that after seeing other doctors Primary Care, Pain Management, Orthopedic Surgeon they all either say I'm sorry about your surgery and then say you need to get back to your surgeon, who released from his care and said to try the injection, which did not help. Seems to be that they are not telling me everything.



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  • MILD Treated with conservative measures such as Physical Therapy and mild medications. Many times these situations can be cleared up and the condition can be resolved.MODERATE Some more treatments may be needed, ie Spinal Injections, Ultra sound and stronger medications. Always a possibility of more aggressive treatment if the conservative measures don't helpSEVERE Need for stronger medications. The requirement for surgery may be necessary
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Bill Greenlee


  • Thanks for the input. I had a CT-SCAN and was wondering if anyone has had something similar.  Dislocated spinal cord and deforming it by a osteophyte after ACDF Surgery
    Bill Greenlee
  • I had ACDF at C6-C7 and my 4-month post-op MRI shows that I have a broad-based osteophyte "mildly effacing" the cord. There are a lot of people out there who still have osteophytes at the operative level. I asked my surgeon about it and he said he wasn't too concerned and that we will address it in a posterior foraminotomy that he had planned for me from the get-go. My impression is that people who have cervical spine problems tend to grow osteophytes very quickly.

    If you are still in pain, I would go get an opinion from another spine surgeon -- not your original doctor -- who seems rather dismissive and see if you are a candidate for a posterior foraminotomy.
    C6-C7 ACDF - January 20, 2016
    Shoulder surgery - August 2, 2016
    Interlaminar laminotomy, mesial facetectomy and foraminotomy bilateral at C5-C6 and unilateral left at C6-C7 and bilateral C6-C7 facet fusion - December 7, 2016

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