Herniated Cervical Disc

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I was in a car accident 6 months ago and have been in severe neck and arm pain while loosing mobility in my hand from time to time. I also suffer from headaches due to the injury. I was told I needed surgery on my c4 c5 c6. Has anyone had the surgery and if so, how do you feel? Do you have any problems? If you don't mind me asking .. how much did the surgery cost? Thanks in advance.

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    I had similar brought on by reuhmatoid atheritis. Operation done privately via insurance. including surgeon and neurologist consultations CT scans blood tests etc. 5 days in hospital surgery and anethetist, 'instrumentation' (stuff put in and left behind to stabilse neck).  K£7~K£8 depends where you go, who does the operation and choice of instrumentation - cost varies wildly! Headaches stopped immediatly and right arm recovered. Regretably left hand still has problems and leg muscles still don't  function. Probably took tto long to get treated. 1st symptoms appeared 15 months before but other issues including the onset of RA- delayed diagnosis. Early treatment helps! A neurologist should help you choose best course of action.

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    I have had surgery at one level c4-c5 about 2 months ago. I had the surgery at Apollo Hospital in Chennai, India. I have had significant improvement and recovered over 60% strength in my left arm. Surgery and investigations cost me about $7,000. They are good at Apollo Hospital with the Spine Team led by Dr Sajan Hedge one of the top 5 Spine surgeons in India.

    With hind sight there is no big deal about the surgery it is more like a routine surgery with the great expertise at Apollo Hospital.

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      Thank you for the words of encouragement. Currently I'm doing pain management and I just had my first injection. I haven't ruled out the surgery yet. I'm going to see how this goes for 3 months and make a decision.

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      I fully understand your apprehensions, we all do when it comes to surgery but I also learnt that the earlier you go for surgery after being recommended by specialist medical advice the better. I waited 8 weeks before opting for surgery and I am glad I took that decision. I was advised that the earlier you take that decision the greater chance you have from recovering the neurological damage to your arms or legs. 

      I wish you a very speedy recovery.

       

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