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i have had two cervical fusions, 1st- c5-c7 in 2002; then in 2009 i had c4 fused to the previous. since then c3 has slipped and is not sitting on the fusion properly and the disc is completely herniated. i have lost almiost total use of my right arma nad hand and my right foot drags when walking. my dr. wants to do another fusion.will this help correct my problems. ican deal with the pain but i am 44 yrs old and need to know if it will correct the other symptoms


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replied May 11th, 2010
Neurological Disorders Answer A11978
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From your medical history its a case of adjacent disc degeneration because of rigid joints below.Repeat operations are not all that easy especially with two operations and a scar.A ct of cervical bodies and MRI Cspine need to be evaluated carefully.Also note should be made of any myelopathic changes in cord which if present is unlikely to recover.In all I think you should take second opinion regarding fusion surgery as it may or maynot return power in the right hand..On the other hand progressive hernition can result in complete loss of function ,hence need for extreme care and avoiding falls.

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