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Hi
I have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, myelopathy and OPLL (Ossification Posterior Longitudinal Ligaments. I have seen two surgeons who said that I have to have a posterior cervical decompression from C3-C7 with fusion. I am going to get a third opinion on 11/24/08. I have slight pain in my upper back and neck and constant tingling in both hands. My right foot has a HEAT that comes and goes. Has anyone had this type of surgery that involves such a large are of the cervical spine? Could you please tell me what it was like right after surgery and how it felt in the weeks of post op? I'm really scared!!!

Also has anyone heard of Dr Frank Cammisa of Hospital of Special Surgery or
Dr Roger Hartl of Cornell Both in NYC.

Thanks. any input would be appreciated
[QUOTE=linda1217;3795053]Hi
I have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, myelopathy and OPLL (Ossification Posterior Longitudinal Ligaments. I have seen two surgeons who said that I have to have a posterior cervical decompression from C3-C7 with fusion. I am going to get a third opinion on 11/24/08. I have slight pain in my upper back and neck and constant tingling in both hands. My right foot has a HEAT that comes and goes. Has anyone had this type of surgery that involves such a large are of the cervical spine? Could you please tell me what it was like right after surgery and how it felt in the weeks of post op? I'm really scared!!!

Also has anyone heard of Dr Frank Cammisa of Hospital of Special Surgery or
Dr Roger Hartl of Cornell Both in NYC.

Thanks. any input would be appreciated[/QUOTE]

Dear Linda, It has been a couple of months since you posted and for some reason I found your post in my email box. I have had two cervical fusions C4-5, c6-7. I have had several years of pain, blurred vision, spasms and more since a fall 6 months after the last fusion. I know now that it damaged the nerves (I should have known). Anyway, I wanted to wish you well and hope you have had some relief from your surgery (and pre op pain too). It took me well over 6 months to realise any sort of relief- I have a bad memory LOL. Can I just give you some advise, try not to 'stir' things up just yet. Take it very easy if you can, otherwise it may take your fusion that much longer to get well. Take Care, Kathy
ps. I have the vertigo, found out it was ossification at c6-7, i think I posted but didn't see my entry.





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