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[QUOTE=Begerong;4223070]I hope you don't mind my stepping into this conversation. I am just starting the research process on this surgery. My NS is suggesting that I consider this option. I too accidently found the stenosis because of an MRI just to make sure there were no problems. Ironically I have little or no pain and full rang of motion. The only symptoms I have is some slight numbness in my two index fingers and toes with some drop foot in my left foot.

I am finding it very hard to make a decision to undergo this surgery when I feel pretty good. I have seen other sites where people have described experiences that are not as positive as yours so I was glad to come across this site. You mention finding information that was helpful like using bendable straws. Can you tell me where I can find that information.

Any words of encouragement would be helpful.

thanks[/QUOTE]

Hi Begerong,

The information as to what items you need after surgery are pinned at the top of each main discussion board page for Spinal Cord Disorder. Go back to the main discussion page and it will be the second discussion listed with a push pin icon next to it.

I was initially told I had stenosis from the radiologist report on my cervical Xrays, but after doing a cervical MRI that was not true and what was actually causing my vertebrae to appear as if I had stenosis was because of a disc herniation. The herniated disc was causing the thinning of the intervertebral space, not stenosis. Now that I have a bone graft it should eventually make the rest of my cervical spine realign to where they should be.

When you had the MRI done did you ask the technician for a copy of your images before you left their office. They can easily put the images on a disc for you. Some may have a small charge (I had to pay $5), but it is well worth it to be able to see the images yourself. If not, you can contact the office were you had it and ask to pick up a copy. You have every right to a copy of your images.

Luckily I have a brother-in-law who is a radiologist and I was able to mail him copies of all of my images and radiologist reports for a second opinion. He told me that most radiologist reports are over exaggerated for liability reasons (which I can understand) and most of what was in my Xray report was an over-exaggeration. He could tell clearly in my MRI images that was herniation and spinal cord compression, as could I. So, bottom line, get those images and see for yourself. You can easily tell just how bad it appears. If nothing is compressing your spinal cord I would NOT do the surgery. There is no magic surgery for stenosis.

Without more information I would have to tell you that because your symptoms are not painful and do not interrupt your everyday life I would also NOT have the surgery. Unfortunately I had to and it has changed my life for at least a year in just what I am physically able to do. I couldn't work for 4 weeks (it would have been longer but I have an office job), I cannot pick up my child or lift anything more than a gallon of milk, the only exercise available to me is walking...and none of this will change for at least 5 more months. Fusion of the vertebrae take anywhere from 6-12 months, so you are pretty much limited to anything you can do during that period of time.

What does your primary care or internal medicine doctor think about surgery? It would be wise to discuss it with your physician because they are more likely not to recommend surgery and offer you other options more likely than an NS would, like spinal decompression with a chiropractor. These surgeons are making a pretty penny off of your insurance company. My bills are still coming in and so far I am at $75k, so you can see how a surgeon might recommend this!

Hopefully I have been some help!
[QUOTE=whiplashed;4226264]Hi Begerong,

The information as to what items you need after surgery are pinned at the top of each main discussion board page for Spinal Cord Disorder. Go back to the main discussion page and it will be the second discussion listed with a push pin icon next to it.

I was initially told I had stenosis from the radiologist report on my cervical Xrays, but after doing a cervical MRI that was not true and what was actually causing my vertebrae to appear as if I had stenosis was because of a disc herniation. The herniated disc was causing the thinning of the intervertebral space, not stenosis. Now that I have a bone graft it should eventually make the rest of my cervical spine realign to where they should be.

When you had the MRI done did you ask the technician for a copy of your images before you left their office. They can easily put the images on a disc for you. Some may have a small charge (I had to pay $5), but it is well worth it to be able to see the images yourself. If not, you can contact the office were you had it and ask to pick up a copy. You have every right to a copy of your images.

Luckily I have a brother-in-law who is a radiologist and I was able to mail him copies of all of my images and radiologist reports for a second opinion. He told me that most radiologist reports are over exaggerated for liability reasons (which I can understand) and most of what was in my Xray report was an over-exaggeration. He could tell clearly in my MRI images that was herniation and spinal cord compression, as could I. So, bottom line, get those images and see for yourself. You can easily tell just how bad it appears. If nothing is compressing your spinal cord I would NOT do the surgery. There is no magic surgery for stenosis.

Without more information I would have to tell you that because your symptoms are not painful and do not interrupt your everyday life I would also NOT have the surgery. Unfortunately I had to and it has changed my life for at least a year in just what I am physically able to do. I couldn't work for 4 weeks (it would have been longer but I have an office job), I cannot pick up my child or lift anything more than a gallon of milk, the only exercise available to me is walking...and none of this will change for at least 5 more months. Fusion of the vertebrae take anywhere from 6-12 months, so you are pretty much limited to anything you can do during that period of time.

What does your primary care or internal medicine doctor think about surgery? It would be wise to discuss it with your physician because they are more likely not to recommend surgery and offer you other options more likely than an NS would, like spinal decompression with a chiropractor. These surgeons are making a pretty penny off of your insurance company. My bills are still coming in and so far I am at $75k, so you can see how a surgeon might recommend this!

Hopefully I have been some help![/QUOTE]


Thanks for your comments. I do have the MRI pictures and it clearly shows that the disc in compressing the spinal cord. I have been getting regular MRI's for the last two years to see if it progressed. Until now it did not seem to progress. Now it looks like there is more signaling come from the spinal cord indicating progressing change. I was considering an artificial disc replacement but the neurosurgeons feel I am not a good candidate because of some wear and tear of the joints of the spine (facets). They are suggesting an ACDF of C5/6.

It looks like I am going to have face reality and have the surgery.





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