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Not if it can be treated with non-surgical means, which is always the first option you should take. In any situation involving herniated disks, the only reason you should even… consider a surgical option is if there's loss of mobility or permanent paralysis at stake. I've had 3 fusions - C5/6/7 was my first in 1996 (L4/5/S1 in '99, L3/4 in '06). In my case, I had no other option - both disks were completely and severely herniated, and I faced the loss of full use of my left arm (even today, I still have nerve damage issues as a result). The affected nerve path radiates down the neck, across the shoulder, down the left arm, and into the left fingers. At the time, all the fingers in my left hand were numb up to the first knuckle. For both of my other operations, I was looking at a wheelchair had I not opted for surgery. Since I have a progressively deteriorating problem, I'm sure I'll need another one in the future. It's important to understand that once a disk is weakened by herniation (at least to the point where it's not fully collapsed), it will eventually heal, but there will always be a weak spot in the disk membrane at the point of herniation. This means for the future you need to be aware of, and avoid, situations that could lead to another problem. Of course there are situations you can't always totally avoid, but the obvious ones you can. Any spinal operation isn't without risks - if you have a doctor tell you a disk operation is "minimally invasive", or "low risk", or they've got the "latest surgical treatment", head for the door. There's no such thing when it comes to spinal surgery. You would not believe the numbers of failed spinal operations and screwups (myself included) that have hurt patients more than helped them. For new treatments, unless you want to be a guinea pig and statistic, avoid it like the plague. We all look for a quick fix, but there is none when it comes to disk problems. Those that think there are either don't have a real problem, or are totally clueless. If you ever get to the point where you do need a surgical option, they'll likely give you a choice of bone harvest from your own body (pelvic area) or cadaver bone. I opted and have always recommended harvest from your own body for a couple of reasons: 1. The whole "dead guy body parts inside me" thing creeped me out 2. Possibility of disease transfer from cadaver bone At the time of my surgery in '96, they said there wasn't any risk of disease transfer from cadaver bone - they now know that's not the case. It takes longer to recover using your own bone (and it hurts a lot more than the the cervical operation itself) but long-term you're better off. You should also only deal with a Neurosurgeon, and not an Orthopedic Surgeon if it comes to surgery. You want a Nerve specialist working on your spine, not a Bone specialist. I started this category almost 5 years ago in order to help others just like you who are facing now what I've already been through, so that you can avoid the problems I've experienced. I'll reiterate my original statement - unless you're facing mobility loss or paralysis, don't even think about spinal surgery of any type as an option. It should only be considered when quality of life is at stake.
Answer . The C6 and C7 vertebrae are the lowest two vertebrae of the cervical (neck) portion of your spine. The C7 can typically be identified by feeling the spinous proce…ss (a bony protrudance) of C7 at the base of your neck where it intersects with your back and shoulders. The C6 vertebrae would be directly above it.
Displacement of a disc.
A herniated disc
Any spinal surgery is dangerous, but how risky it is depends on the type of doctor performing the operation, the damage being repaired, the type of procedure being done, how g…ood the hospital is, etc. I've personally had fusions at C5/C6/C7, with the bone graft coming from my right hip. You shouldn't, however, even be considering a cervical spine operation unless it's absolutely necessary, i.e., you're experiencing extreme left arm pain, partial paralysis, etc. Any spinal op shouldn't be considered lightly. For me, my surgeon messed up one of the screws in the plate spanning the vertebrae, as the screw was actually screwed through a disk and then into the bone (just the last couple of threads). I'm stuck with it, as there's too much bone growth over the plate and screws to remove it at this point without high risk of damage. A single level fusion or diskectomy is much less complicated. Make sure they're talking about an anterior (frontal) entrance and not a posterior (rear) entrance. Posterior entrances to the cervical spine are extremely complicated, dangerous, and rarely performed unless it's the only option. If it's deemed absolutely necessary, they'll usually give you a choice between using cadaver bone or bone material harvested from the pelvic area. Though using your own bone material will extend your recovery another few months (they have to really stretch the muscles and tendons to get to the pelvic bone), cadaver bone has its own risks, even if the recovery is much faster. When I had my operation in '96, it was though that disease couldn't be transmitted from cadaver bone to the recipient; they've since found out that's not the case. The bottom line is that it should be the last resort, when all other treatments have failed or just aren't cutting it anymore. When done correctly, it'll fix the problem; if you've got any paralysis, it'll be gone when you wake up from surgery if it goes well. But nothing is guaranteed, so again, make sure it's absolutely necessary.
'What does it mean when the MRI comes back with C5-C6 and C6-C7 disc osteophytic complex with some narrowing of the left lateral recesses at these two levels?
From what I see in your question, you're talking about the bones in your neck called cervical bones. For the #'s you gave, it would mean there's narrowing or lack of a gap bet…ween cervical #5 thru cervical #7. (5-6-7) That's most of the way up from the base of the neck on the backside. Narrowing of spaces where there's usually gaps is caused by wear & tear and aging usually and when the cushions between the bones are shrinking from wearing down or the aging process the consequence is narrowing. In this case on the left sides of C5 thru C7.
Cervical spine--5th vertabrae, 6th cervical vertibral body, just above the shoulders.
C5 and C6 are cervical vertebrae found in the neck. Anterior osteophytes of C5 and C6 are bone spurs that have formed on the front portion of vertebrae 5 and 6 in your nec…k. This can be a very painful condition.
It means there is a bulging between the 6th and 7th vertebrae in the neck (cervical part of the spine).
If the herniation is problematic, an ACDF is a surgical procedure performed to correct cervical disc herniation. ACDF stands for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. Basic…ally, the doctor makes his or her approach through the front of the neck, dissects down to the spine, removes the disc and the herniated portions, which usually relieves the compressed spinal cord and nerve roots, and inserts either a synthetic cage (PEEK), titanium cage, or bone plug from either a bone bank, or harvested from the anterior portion of patients iliac crest, (this gives the patient's spine the proper height), and then places a plate of some sort along with screws to hold it all in place and stabilize the spine.
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In the lower part of the neck, just above that really bumpy spot.
The C5 and C6 are numbers of vertebrae in the human spinal column. A uncinate hypertrophy is an arthritic growth of bone on the spinal column.
A pain in the neck! Just kidding I too am looking up the answer. I could tell you I think it is the cause of what the doctor says is my carpel tunnel. I have pain in my arm an…d hands tingling ect. I also have a problem sometime when I turn my neck I get a ice pick type pain in the side of my head I hear a pop sound and after the pain it feels like my brain is bleeding. Osteophytes I think is a bone spur. Good luck finding more information. We have to be pro active in our health. The doctors are learning everyday and have a huge case load, and we are never first priority. Speak up in the office they work for us. I am learning the hard way. No one really cares its clock in clock out and pay check
What is mild to moderate degenerative disease at C4-C5 C5-C6 and C6-C7 with disc space narrowing and loss of signal?
Your spinal cord that runs through the bone which holds all of your nerves that send messages to the rest of your body are being pinched by bulging discs. The discs serve to c…ushion between your spinal bones. As we age, the discs weaken. Swim, stop carrying heavy loads on your back, stretch, walk, eat less unhealthy foods since they cause inflammation of the body, and STAY HYDRATED! If you are dehydrated often, the discs lose their resilience over the years.
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What does it mean when my mri report says signal loss and volume loss in c4-c5 and c6-c7 with reparative endplate enhancement at c7 superior endplate and in the foramen on the left at c6-c7?
You're getting older. Your intervertebral disks aren't as plump and juice as they used to be. You have some arthritic changes in the vertebrae.