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Old 07-19-2015, 07:58 PM
Sukhre Sukhre is offline
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Default Surgery seems the only option

I have severe stenosis at c4/5, c5/6 and moderate at c6/7. Surgeons here at UCSD has suggested that I do C4-6 fusion with cadavar & cage. They think I should do it ASAP as opposed to taking my time.

I have upper-back pain (three inches below my neck).. Can it be coming from Cervical or it can be thoracic. I also have lower back pain. They do not want to do MRI on lower back because they would not operate on that.

Can ADR be an option for severe stenosis? Does ADRs fuse if someone has Osteophyte?
46 yr old male/ USA
May 2015 MRI: Cervical Stenosis at C4/5, C5/6 and C6/7
Surgeon asked to do Fusion C4-C6
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Old 07-20-2015, 08:31 AM
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jss jss is offline
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Of course we're not doctors, but I can say that every pathology that you've listed has been treated by ADR on members of this board. I would encourage you to get an evaluation from an ADR surgeon. Non-ADR spine surgeons tend to immediately dismiss ADR. If you're not a candidate, then you're not a candidate; but only an ADR surgeon can make that determination.

Good luck!
C4/5 - ACDF in 2000
C5/6 - ACDF in 2002
C3/4 & C6/7 - M6 ADR, Nov 2009, Barcelona
Conceded defeat to a manifestly disingenuous BCBS-TX in my quest for reimbursement, Jan 2011
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Old 09-27-2015, 07:27 PM
TomN TomN is offline
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Default Instability

Hey There!
I was told to fuse because I may have instability which is where the vertebrae are loose. So I would demand to ask why you need a fusion and for them to show you on your films why you need a fusion and not an artificial disc(s).

Get multiple opinions, is what I would do.

Hope that helps.

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