I'm new here and found the site while searching for information on the problems I've been having on my left side (neck pain, shoulder and arm pain) that have been nailed down to compression between C6-C7 on the left side. Interestingly, the right side is also compressed but shows no symptoms.
After getting and MRI and orthopedic spine surgeon, he recommended ACDF (two levels - C5 to C6, C6 to C7). I was just getting my mind around that, have the pre-op screening set up and surgery scheduled for next week. It was pretty whirlwind based on the pain I'm feeling.
Today, I had a second opinion with a neurosurgeon and he said that ACDF would be good but so would nerve decompression and he recommended nerve decompression at the C6-C7 level on the left side.
And now...I'm confused!!! Two doctors, two different recommendations and I need this done! Agh!!!
I'm open to opinions from others who have been in this boat or had one or the other surgery. From what I can tell:
- Recovery is about the same
- Long term recovery is shorter for nerve decompression
- I'm not really concerned about adjacent disc disease with the fusion
- Fusion is going to open up ALL the disc areas for the two levels so down stream compressions may not be an issue.
Thoughts, comments, opinions?