Cervical Stenosis

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My husband has just been diagnosed with this and the neurologist is now recommending surgery. Can someone tell me if they have gone through the surgery with successful results?

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    Dear Byroselle, I had two cervical discs replaced about six years ago, I was out for about two and a half hours, had a tube in my neck for a day as a precautionary drain

    and went home on the third day.  Laid about for a week, I had an infection and had to go back to hospital (Nuffield's are no better than anywhere else) for a course of

    antibiotics but the actual disc operation takes about 10 days to get the stitches out

    otherwise its forgotten about in a week.  Been ok until the last few months and it looks like there might be another one needs doing but the fix for the defective ones is a straight repair and that's it.

    Good Luck

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    Hi,

    I was diagnosed with c/s at levels c45 6 7 and surgery was recommended. I signed the consent forms there and then.

    It was explained to me that there were risks attached to the surgery as I also had spinal cord impingement within the spinal column caused by bone spurs and it meant trying to remove the bony growths while being very close to the spinal cord on one side and a blood vessel on the other side.

    Anyway the operation was cancelled by the hospital three times and now an operation isn't being recommended, just 12 monthly monitoring.

    Mike.

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      Mike,

                I have thought about surgery,and left it at that;close to the spinal cord are the words which certainly make you think.I may be in pain but I can walk and the rest of it.

        Good luck and remember you are not on your own with it.

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      Hi Mike,

      Thanks for your comment we are still going to see the doctor. It's very scary and wanted to know how other people are dealing with this. He has numbness in hands and feet and has not been working for 3 months now.

      God bless you,

      Roselle

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      Are you happy not having the operation? Can I ask what symptoms you have, as I have the same as you. When I stand up I go dizzy and get a warm sensation go down the back of my neck and across my shoulders, it's quite wierd lol hope the original poster doesn't mind me asking a question

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    Hi Benggo,

    Thanks, I am unfortunately in a bit of a state. However the pain control has made life more comfortable.

    It is a progressive injury and may have settled for now. I cannot use my arms or shoulders, I have difficulty walking as my legs feel very heavy and ache and my bladder has been affected too.

    Never mind, best of luck,

    Mike.

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      Mike,

               I am nowhere near as ill as you,you have my utmost sympathy,for what it's worth.

        Thank you for your reply and fingers crossed for the future.

          George.

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    Lots of pain difficulty turning my head and neck seizing solid when I looked down,

    took half a minute to get straight again. A bit rough

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      Yes very well worth it and don't be put off by the "close to spinal cord" argument, the man who did my op said in thirty years he has never known anyone who has damaged a spinal cord while carrying out spinal surgery. The same chap repaired 5 damaged discs in my cousins lower back, she couldn't walk but goes dancing now at 60.

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      Dear Roselle, just to add, I dont know where you are located but there are a team of spinal specialists who work privately at norton on tees nuffield and for the nhs at the north tees hospital near middlesborough. They do this operation every week and have done for years. They take nhs customers from all over the. country in the North Tees.

      Good luck

      John

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      Hi John,

      We are in Hawaii. I just found this forum on the internet when I was doing a search. The doctor they are referring us to has over 20 years experience. But I still have a lot of questions before he goes through with it. My husband is all in as he wants to get back to work asap. He just turned 51and has had a very active lifestyle before this. I want him to get back to where we were but need to make sure we're making the right choice.

      Thank you,

      Roselle

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      Hi

      Sorry to but in to your conversations but I live near north tees hospital and I'm having serious issues and my mobility is seriously affected. I had a brain haemorrhage and MRI were taken of my full spine lumber to thoracic and cervical. My main issue was always lumber spine stenosis which causes sciatica etc but now both my orthopaedic surgeon ( who was seeing me for shoulder impringement) and stroke consultant had advised my gp I urgently need to see both spinal and neurosurgeon but unfortunately they are in two different hospitals as north tees doesn't have a neurology department. Did you use surgeon at north tees please. Apologies again but just hoping I'm being referred to correct place.

      Wendy

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