Hi. I was told today I need surgery because my c5 and c6 have a broad based disc budge with a superimposed left paracentral rim-enhancing disc extrusion and unconvertrbal hypertrophy results in moderate to severe ledt neural foraminal stenosis.the spinal canal and right neural foramen are grossly patent.
I went to this appointment alone and feel like I don’t understand it. I have had loss of strength and motion in left arm and hand along severe pain for over a month. He said that I can do injections or try therapy but it will only help symptoms. He said if they don’t fix it it could cause paralysis. I don’t even know what the name of the surgery is. I have to get xrays of my entire spine and sew him again I. A few weeks to discuss the surgery more. Does this sound like it’s that severe to need surgery?
I assume you have left arm pain and weakness due to your nerve root compression due to the foraminal stenosis at C5-6. You do not need immediate surgery and you will not be paralyzed. You certainly might be a candidate for surgery due to your pain and weakness. See this-https://neckandback.com/treatments/when-to-have-neck-surgery/ to understand the indications for surgery.
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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.