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Mri cervicalspine-at c3-c4level there is mild diffuse disk bulgingindenting the thecal sac without spinal canal -dr suggest surgery?

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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C3-4: Please follow your doctor's advice. Wait too long and you are asking for trouble. The surgery is not difficult or awkward for established spine surgeons.
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Be very cautious: The need for surgery is based on symptoms, not just MRI findings. Many people have these findings, and most don't require surgery. If there is no limb weakness or severe numbness, then benefit of surgery is questionable at best. If neck pain is the only issue, surgery could worsen it. 2nd opinion is a good idea, preferably from a salaried surgeon who has no personal incentive to operate.

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