Severe spinal stenosis: Would you do surgery?

Posted by collierga @collierga, Jan 15, 2020

Hi there
I am new to this group. I am a 64 yr old female, in basically good health. Hip replacement 10/2018 with no complications.. Currently have no pain only bilateral finger numbness with minor lower left arm numbness. For the most part does not interfere with my daily living activities
Diagnosed with severe cervical stenosis via MRI in 8/2019,C-3-4 shows severe disc degeneration, moderate to severe bilateral formalin narrowing due to uncinate spurs/C4-5 same as 3-4 but with broad based disc bulge/5-7 C7-T-1 Degenerative anterolisthesisBroad based disc/osteophytic ridge causing severe central canal narrowing. i have gone to 2 different Neuro surgeons they both say complete opposite treatment plans. One says observe see him if symptoms get worse. The other doctor wants to do 2 surgeries, first through the front, #2 through the back to stabilize. I am leaning towards no surgery but am looking for someone to tell me they had this surgery and are happy t hey had it done. So far when i talk to people with back/neck issues they say they would never again go through surgery.
Thank you all in advance for you opinions..

I had this surgery in 2019 and I so glad I had it.

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@dianecostella

I had this surgery in 2019 and I so glad I had it.

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Did you have anterior and posterior?
Any residual effects?

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@collierga

Did you have anterior and posterior?
Any residual effects?

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I had posterior. I had two fusions 4/5, 5/6 as well as disc replacements on both. I had very little pain and no residual effects. I did have to go to PT though.

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Add me to the group who would opt out of surgery. I had L3-4 fusion and since then I suffer from adhesive arachnoiditis- a disease that causes more intense pain than bone cancer. Discuss this possible outcome with your doctor first.

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