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C5/6, per MRI and Xrays, I have left paracentral disc

osteophyte complex, uncovertebral hypertrophy causes...
C5/6, per MRI and Xrays, I have left paracentral disc osteophyte complex, uncovertebral hypertrophy causes worsening severe left neural foraminal narrowing. The right neural foramen is patent and there is mild central canal narrowing.
And C6/7 show left disc osteophyte complex and uncovertrebral and facet hypertrophy causes moderate left paracentral central canal compression and moderate left neural foraminal narrowing. The right neural foramen is mildly narrowed.
My spine surgeon has reccommened ACDF C5/6 and C6/7 with a foraminotomy.
Any thoughts?
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Dr. Arun Phophalia
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Greetings.

Are your symptoms progressive (increasing in intensity)?
Which specialist have you consulted (apart from spinal surgeon / neurosurgeon)?
What how much duration did you do physical therapy?

Dr. Arun
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Customer reply replied 5 years ago
Symptoms are progressing quickly and I now have some pain in my left arm. I did PT for about 6mos. in 2008 after the car accident which started it all. I have also done home traction. I have seen three spine rehab doc and one spine surgeon. My Chiropractor 2-4 times a month since 2008.
Hello Kellee,

The indications of surgery are;

1) Progressive symptoms
2) Failure of adequate conservative treatment.

I am afraid, both of these indications with your MRI findings point for surgery. Surgery is likely to resolve your symptoms. So your specialist is correct in recommending surgery.

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Customer reply replied 5 years ago

Thank you. I appreciate your time in helping me with this.

You are very welcome, Kellee.

Good luck.
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