Results are mixed. You may
see more negative results on groups like this, because it is the folks who've had negative results that need/seek support. Successes are living their lives, so don't need/tend to seek support.
That said, the concensus here is that surgery should only be considered as a last result after all other therapy options have been tried & failed, or if there is likelihood of further damage and/or paralyzation, and only after multiple medical/surgical opinions. Part of the reason for getting multiple opinions is to ask about alternatives, both surgical and non-surgical. Some surgeons will tell patients that there are no alternatives because they don't perform those alternatives -- just the procedures they're recommending. Prepare for consults ahead of time by researching alternatives online. ONE
such search might be alternatives to acdf surgery
, but there may be more as well.
Try for the best team of surgeons -- both a neuro and
orthopedic -- that you can get, with experience in the exact
procedure they'll be doing on you, and try to get their success rate with this procedure.
Don't count/rely on surgery fixing pain, regardless of what's promised. Surgery can fix mechanical problems, but pain/neurological problems depend on the type and extent of damage -- there are no guarantees
. Also, permanency of success depends on the strength of the adjacent vertabrae to which they'll be attaching the hardware. Spinal surgery fails so often there's actually a name for it.
failed cervical surgery syndrome
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