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Hi, Folks - I'm brand new here. Got MRA results back on 8/1/16 saying "fullness in foramen magnum" got 2nd MRI to diagnose CM yesterday. I've got so many of the symptoms. Some have been with me since childhood, others began around 10 years ago, now, at age 50, I'm in bed much of the day and feeling surgery is likely to be my best shot at (hopefully) improved quality of life, and (fingers crossed) signficant recovery.
I read a great debate on another site about the pros and cons of "bone removal only" decompression. Apparently the recovery can be faster with this approach, and complications are said to be fewer.
Those who think opening the dura is best cite less likelihood of regression, and need for repeat procedures as why the more invasive approach is better.
Do any of you have experiences to share, having had one or the other procedure?
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