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Thought I'd post the results of my meeting with my neuro prior to my op in July 2007.
It says in the letter:
The scan clearly shows compression on the cord at C3/4 and at C5/6 and 6/7 levels.
I put it to Mrs M that there is a reasonable probability of deterioration of her cord function if nothing is done.
I have explained that surgery is designed to relive pressure on the spinal cord and in so doing, protect it from risk of deurological damage in the future. We know from studies of patients who have undergone this type of operation that 60-70% show a degree of neurological improvment although this cannot be guaranteed. It is most unlikely that the recovery will allow a patient to revert completely to normal, On the other hand, the earlier the cord is relived of pressure, the better the neurological outcome.
I have explained that as ythe C3/4 and lower parts of her cervical spine are effected and anterior (front) op is inappropiate and the problem should be dealt with by a cervical laminectomy.
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