Neurology Community
ACDF Surgery Alternatives/ Dangers of not choosing surgery.
About This Community:

This forum is for questions and support regarding neurology issues such as: Alzheimer's Disease, ALS, Autism, Brain Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Chronic Pain, Epilepsy, Headaches, MS, Neuralgia, Neuropathy, Parkinson's Disease, RSD, Sleep Disorders, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

ACDF Surgery Alternatives/ Dangers of not choosing surgery.

I have been recommended by a Neurosurgoen to have the surgery even though I was not garanteed the pain in my neck and the numbess/pain in my hands and arms would permanantly be gone. I was assured the neck pain would just be a future  part of my young 41 year old life as I age, Is that just a "Protection" phrase Doctors need to say as not to give the patient hope were there might be none?
I am going for "MY" second opinion tomorrow and I an just trying to gather questions that at the first consult was unable to even get a word in (or remember) when the Doctor spent 20 min. with me after waiting 2 hours after my scheduled appt. for him to see me,Unmedicated since I was forced to drive myself to the appt. So the experience felt rushed and to him "prevalent" to him enough to make me feel like I was a car to fix.
He did mention that without the surgery I could "Do more harm" if not careful.
I am seeing a Top Dog in this field for the 2nd opinion and the reviews I have read of him were quite well in all aspects of his practice from Staff to actually performing the surgery. Except one thing all reviews had in common was his "Dry Personality". So I need to walk in with a Valium in me and Questions in hand! I am a very excitable person when I am nervous so I dont want him to run away before I get my woes across to him! He works with Sport figures Etc...
Any advice about Aternatives and or progressing my injury for not choosing surgery would be appreciated.
Thank You. Dani
Related Discussions
Avatar_f_tn
What exactly is your MRI showing? Look up Cervical Myelopathy. That is probably what they are talking about. Take a notebook and keep a log of all symptoms. Take a friend with you to take notes. Do not let a Dr. rush you-if they do then that is not good. Research as much as possible. I had ACDF surgery and you have to make sure your Dr. is skilled. How many ACDF"S has he done and what complications has he seen?

The longer you go with arm/hand symptoms the less likely that will go away. Damage is occuring and has been for a long time. Did you have an EMG to assess damage from radiculopathy?
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Neurology Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Control Emotional Eating with this ...
Sep 04 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating Control: How to St...
Aug 28 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
Top Neurology Answerers
620923_tn?1405964489
Blank
selmaS
Allentown, PA
338416_tn?1260996698
Blank
jensequitur
Fort Worth, TX
1780921_tn?1384615710
Blank
flipper336
Chandler, AZ
352007_tn?1372861481
Blank
LisaJF
1751596_tn?1406776760
Blank
kristy12
Berlin, Germany
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
Invida
MI