Just wondering if anyone out there has had some sort of posterior cervical decompression surgery and how you are doing. I'm facing the prospect of some combination of these surgeries, and would love to connect with anyone who may have some experience in this area. I had a two-level ACDF (c5-7) in January of this year, and unfornately my symptoms have progressively worsened after a few months of relief.
I've now gotten several opinions and unfortunately, they are not converging at all in terms of how to address the congenital stenosis in my neck. Here's what has been recommended:
Surgeon #1 (my original surgeon) -- C2 - C7 laminoplasty & foraminotomy, posterior fusion at C5 - C7 (to secure my original fusion better) and an open rhizotomy on my bone-on-bone facet joint at C2/3 left
Surgeon #2 -- C5 - 7 laminectomy & fusion (with some foraminotomy) to address the worst area of compression. No need to go up higher.
Surgeon #3 -- C2 - C7 laminectomy & fusion (with foraminotomy)
I'm really wrestling between the recommendations of Surgeon 1 & 2 -- and unfortunately, both are convinced that the other's approach is absolutely incorrect. So I'm trying to understand the magnitude of my stenosis across each level better -- so I can hopefully decide whether or not it makes sense to be more aggressive now in terms of opening up the entire canal.
I'm also a bit concerned about laminoplasty in general, some of the inherent risks of the procedure, and whether or not it's truly any better than a laminectomy and fusion.
Unfortunately, my symptoms (leg heaviness/weakness, difficulty climbing steps, left arm weakness) are not getting better so I know that I need to move forward sooner than later.
Thanks for taking the time to read my post, and I hope everyone is doing well!