It has been three days since my disc replacement with mobi c in c6-7. I continue to have left thumb and pointer finger numbness. I didn’t have this numbness before Surgery. Both arms are weak. I was told by a nurse that this is due to inflammation. Is this post op numbness normal?
These new symptoms are not normal. With new onset of symptoms after disc replacement (or even ACDF), in my opinion a new set of images need to be performed. If the disc is made of chrome-cobalt, then a CT myelogram would be called for as that metal obscures MRI images. If the disc is made of titanium, then an MRI on a 1.5 tesla machine (magnet strength) with a well-skilled technician is in order. I will assume that X-rays already have been performed and the positioning of the artificial disc was found to be acceptable.
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Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.