Saw the Neuro-Ortho spine surgeon yesterday. My hubby went with me because we knew the doc wanted to discuss surgery on C3-C4. I was completely overwhelmed by the knowledge of information he gave us. He answered every question either of us had with great details. Not sure I'm liking all the knowledge. 🙉He said flat out I cannot wait any longer to have the surgery, but I at least managed to put it off until August.
We have a trip to my dad's farm with our granddaughter the last weekend of July. He's got Alzheimer's, and he's forgetting even who he's talking to by phone now; we have to identify ourselves. My siblings, hubby and I are going down tomorrow for a belated 86 bday lunch. I don't think he'll know any of our names in another year, so we want to give out granddaughter one more good visit with her GGF.
Anyway, back to the surgery... I've had C4-5 fused in '92, & C5-6 in '95. This will fuse C3 to C4. But they'll remove the titanium plate & screws already there then replace it with a longer plate. It will be a front entry, hopefully close to the previous scar. However there are great risks with this, which has made me and my hubby very nervous. (1) the C3-4 level, if damaged could make me a quadriplegic. (2) the location is so close to the nerve that controls swallowing & talking ability, that if the tiniest bit off could paralyze my larynx & pharynx; no speaking, no swallowing. (3) If I fail to do the surgery and I'm in any accident I could be paralyzed. 😬 No nail biting here! Not much of a choice here, except to try and repair it (relieve the pressure from the disc pinching off the spinal cord).
The upside info we were given:. The damage at the C2 is minimal facet stenosis, so at a later date he will do the nerve burning (if I get brave enough to do it... Can't be sedated and I'm "chicken BIG" of needles in my spine). The C7-T1 facet stenosis can also be treated with burning the nerve. But if...IF the C3 surgery is successful, it could very well bring relief to the other levels, including the lumbosacral & sciatic pain. He explained this is because all lower nerves are branches off the nerves above them, which all start in the neck. Oh wouldn't that be a wonderful blessing?!?! 🙏
The tentative date is either Aug 8 at the hospital, or if my insurance approves it Aug 10 at his surgical suite behind office. Either way I'm nervous! So please be keeping in your prayers, and my hubby too. Wishing everyone a good weekend with hugs, love, & prayers! 🙂💕🙏🌼