hi... i have not had back surgery, i have been trying to avoid it (2 herniated disks) and have been going the same route as "justlikeyou."
that said - lumbar, cervival, etc - they're different. lumbar offers newer and more procedures (like replacement disks, etc.) that cervial (what i have) does not.
i'm just tossin' it out there.. make sure people are specific with you when you get feedback. it's not all the same.
i would also make sure you have a couple opinions. the first guy i saw when i was diagnosed was pretty much ready to cut me open (orthopedic.) 3 or 4 doctors later, a surgeon (nuero) said, don't do it UNLESS YOU REALLY HAVE TO (i can explain that further if you like.)
so i would get a few opinions and explore all options first, personally..
(and i do know some that have had success. seems like none are cervical fusions tho.. but hey, what the heck do i know..)
I just went to see another back specialist. My condition is 2 lower discs blown and severly depleted. Missing some kind of spinal fluid. Siatic nerve is almost always irritated.
Anyway just like the other doctor, he told me about this fusion operation involving screws and whatever? It takes 1 year to fully recover, and only 7 out of 10 patients it works for. Some are left in even worse shape than when they started. Said "If you were my sister, I'd tell ya not to do it"
Good luck, get a few opinions. It is a very serious decision.
After having a five level spinal fusion after a staircase case callasped on a costruction site, a broke my back. Two years after the first surgery two of the pedacle screws were loose so under the knife again.Now im in ten times more pain than i was before the surgery so i personaly think that making money has alot to do with the way most of these doctors push for surgeries. Then when your in pain after all work that they did they never say well maybe the surgery hade something to do with it o of course not.Try and get as much info as you can about the procedure, with my case one minute i am a healthy,working 35yr old next iam in a helacopter on my way to boston,ma .Try to get many differant opinions not just differant doctors but differant hospitals.Also say aprayer it might not hurt. In my opinion use surgery as a last resort if that .GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS
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