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I'm a 74 y/o active, bike-riding male - got a MRI that showed compression of spinal cord, particularly at c5-6 but extending c3-7.
Surgeon 1: do a c3-c7 Posterior fusion;
Surgeon 2: do a c5-6 Anterior fusion AND a Posterior c3-7 fusion;
Surgeon 3: consider anterior c5-6 and see what happens or c5-6 Plus a Posterior c3-c7 laminaplasty;
surgeon 4: c3-7 posterior laminaplasty.
Considerations: All surgeons worried at my age about post-op swallowing problems if aggressive anterior surgery, I am leaning toward anterior c5-6 and seeing what happens. Surgeon 4 called that "spitting in the wind". How do decide? I'm very functional but progressive symptoms (tingling, reflexes). Any experiences that can inform my decision? Thanks in advance.
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