I have been diagnosed with minimal grade listhesis at C3-4 and C4-5 with significant cervical spondylosis that also results in the central canal stenosis. At the C4-5 level demonstrates i have canal stenosis less than 10mm, measuring at least 9 mm if not smaller with evidence of cord signal changes suggestive of myelomalacia.
It has been recommended that I have a Cervical procedure called a cervical C3 laminectomy followed by a C4 to C7 laminoplasty. I was offered this because I am a very active and healthy 56 year old with no cervical neck pain.
I am a retired Naval Officer and this cervical problem is service related but the VA wants me to have a muililevel anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, which would most likely entail C3-4 C4-5, C5-6 and C7-7.
At my age this seem like a death sentence.
They will pay to fuse my neck but refuse to help me pay to preserve my mobility with the laminoplasty.
Can anyone help me here are they (VA) right or is the spine specalist correct?
I believe in the specalist!