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Can you tell me how dangerous is the surgery of cervical spinal stenosis?

Question:
I am a 44 year old male and have been diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis. I do not have any pain, but have experienced some weakness in arms and legs, a jerkiness when arms are extended, and rubbery feelings as well as awkwardness in my fingers. I do not feel this every time I move, but on occassion.

I went to two neurologists and after looking at an MRI of my neck, one said I need surgery. The other one was not so sure. If I had the surgery, they would remove c4,5,6 and replace them with bone from my hip.

How dangerous is this surgery? If I don't get it, do I have a high risk of becoming paralyzed? I would appreciate anyone's feedback who has had experience with this condition/operation.


Answer:
It would appear your stenosis is causing motor nerve problems. Motor and sensory nerves are seperate at the spine. Stenosis can mean a narrowing of the space that runs vertically down your spine or the space where the nerve comes out of your spine horizontally. That will effect the severity of the operation and non-surgical treatment options.



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