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A 29-year-old female asked:

if my cervical syrinx is worsening and requires surgery how dangerous is it? survival and functional?

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Dr. Manoj Mittal
Neurology 16 years experience
Syrinx: It depends on the size of the syrinx and associated signs and symptoms. A neurosugeon will be the best person to answer your specific questions.
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Safe: Usually safe, a tiny silastic tubing is gently advanced into the syrinx and connected to the cerebrospinal fluid system surrounding the spinal cord. The incisional (back or neck) pain is usually pretty uncomfortable for a few days. Functional outcome mostly depends on your pre-procedure performance status and on your motivation to rehab whatever function may be impaired.

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Whats the normal recovery period after cervical disk surgery?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: If a fusion was done, it can take 12 weeks for enough bone healing to allow full activity. If the ruptured portion was removed without fusion, there is usually enough healing after one month. Symptoms in both cases usually improve well before this. However, severe long standing symptoms may take longer.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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