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  • debbyrp
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    Dear Dr. Corenman,
    In August of 2013 you performed a very successful ACDF on me of C4 through C7. After living in the Vail valley for 40 years I have recently moved to New Mexico and am loving the shorter winters. Unfortunately I believe my surgery will need to be revisited. I am suffering from headaches especially when I wake up and enough other problems (arms, shoulders, etc.) that I will be seeking a doctor in Albuquerque. I have two questions for you. First is there a doctor or group in ABQ that you are familiar with and trust? Secondly, could you explain what I might expect from a revision surgery? I understand without a new MRI you may be answering hypothetically but it will help me moving forward. Thank you so much in advance.

    Deborah

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Unfortunately, I don’t know anyone in New Mexico to refer you to. If you are having headaches, I would suspect the facets at C2-3 and C3-4 could be causing pain. You might find a qualified injectionist (normally an anesthesiologist or PM&R doctor who has performed at least a one year pain fellowship and is now about 7-10 years out from that fellowship. Ask if they would get a new MRI and consider diagnostic facet blocks at C2-4 based upon the clinical and imaging findings. You might not need further surgery but might need radio-frequency ablations. See https://neckandback.com/treatments/facet-blocks-and-rhizotomies-neck/

    Dr. Corenman

    66N Hokie
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    Hi, Deborah. Are you a skier and, if so, are you still skiing after your surgery? I am scheduled to have a posterior laminectomy with fusion from T2-C6 and am wondering if people with multi-level fusions are still skiing. Thanks and good luck.

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    A posterior fusion between C6 to T1 is reasonably comparable with skiing blue slopes. Black slopes would be acceptable with some increased risk for adjacent level disease.

    Dr. Corenman

    debbyrp
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    I did in fact stop skiing, however not due to my neck surgery. I had previously had fusions in my feet and that put an end to my love of skiing. My neck surgery was a relatively great experience as far as surgeries go. Not a great deal of pain and wonderful, easy recovery with years of living pain free and perfect movement.

    deb

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