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How long will your legs stay numb after C4 C5 fusion?

How long will your legs stay numb after C4 C5 fusion?

Not to permanent: The question arises as to whether the leg numbness is even associated with your neck problem to begin with or due to a lumbar spine issue. If it was, then the nature of how long standing & severe it was as well as if you have any underlying heatlth issues like a neuropathy. Also, were there any spinal cord changes as a result of your surgical diagnosis or even your surgery. Your age plays role. ...Read more

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Fusion (Definition)

A fusion gets rid of a joint or disk between to bones, getting the bones to join together with bone between them. If successful, it eliminates almost all the motion between the bones. Sometimes fusion simply occur as a result of disease, rarely from aging. Most of the time ...Read more


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How long will legs stay numb after C4 C5 fusion?

How long will legs stay numb after C4 C5 fusion?

Needs Evaluation: We need to know the reason why the fusion was performed in the first place, and if there were deficit before the operation, in order to understand if further diagnostic investigation needs to be performed. ...Read more

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I have had a cervical fusion on C4 C5 and C6. I woke up this morning lying on my right side and my left arm was numb is this more neck issues?

I have had a cervical fusion on C4 C5 and C6.  I woke up this morning lying on my right side and my left arm was numb is this more neck issues?

Not necessariy: May be due to posture while asleep affecting more peripheral nerves in arm, such as carpal tunnel issues, or ulnar at elbow. May be only a transient event, but contact your doctor if recurrent. ...Read more

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C4, c5, C6 are bulging. I have shooting pains, burning, general weakness in left arm. Both thumbs hurt to grip. 2 rt toes are numb. Is it all related?

Disc symptoms: The left arm symptoms may be related to the bulging discs, but the thumb symptoms are not. These may be caused by arthritis of the base of the thumbs. The numb toes may be related to nerve impingement in the foot. A neurologist would shed more light on your symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of doing a interbody cage fusion after discectomy for my c4-c5, c5-c6 total disc replacement? Any better methods?

What are the long term effects of doing a interbody cage fusion after discectomy for my c4-c5, c5-c6 total disc replacement? Any better methods?

Adjacent segment de: While motion preservation is at least theoretically superior to fusion you have discovered that it does not always work. When that happens the decision has to be the choice of doing nothing or doing a fusion. Only your surgeon along with you can provide the answer to this question. ...Read more

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C4-c5, c5-c6 disc replacement surgery. Interbody cage fusion cause adjacent discs to degenerate but using mobi-c will not. True?

C4-c5, c5-c6 disc replacement surgery. Interbody cage fusion cause adjacent discs to degenerate but using mobi-c will not. True?

Maybe: A theoretical advantage of artificial disk replacement is reduction in risk of other disks degenerating. Fusion is associated with this problem, but it is only one factor. Disk replacements in the neck do well, but may not always prevent disk problems at other levels. Ongoing research looking at long term outcomes are needed to answer this question. Early results are promising. ...Read more

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Had cervical fusion(C4 & C5) 16 years ago. Current X-ray shows one screw has backed out almost completely and tilting down. No symptoms yet. Danger?

Had cervical fusion(C4 & C5) 16 years ago. Current X-ray shows one screw has backed out almost completely and tilting down. No symptoms yet. Danger?

Probably not, if its: not causing any symptoms. Certainly talk it over with a spine Surgeon who will be able to Foresee if there are going to be any problems in the foreseeable future. He might decide to take it out, as the Hardware (plate/screws ) are now not doing much. They might need to be removed. Best advise: Talk it over with spine surgeon who can examine you as well. ...Read more

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Recent MRI , please explain readings. Husband had fusion 2012 c4-c5. New MRI focal swelling with heterogeneous abnormal signal in the spinal cord atc5-c6 suggesting neoplasm has improved .

Recent MRI , please explain readings. Husband had fusion 2012 c4-c5. New MRI focal swelling with heterogeneous abnormal signal in the spinal cord atc5-c6 suggesting neoplasm has improved .

Funny MRI: Probably means something abnormal was seen at that level early and looks better. Not every neoplasm appearance is a tumor and not every tumor is a cancer so to really tell you need the ortho or neurosurgeon to compare results carefully with the radiologists help and answer your question better. ...Read more

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Doc suggest 2 tier mobi-c to replace c4-c5, c5-c6. I think device too new, too risky. Any safer method with higher success rate n around for longer?

Too New: As the mobi-c prosthesis just got fda approval not even one month ago, i would caution to wait to see some long term data regarding its success. Obviously that may not help you at this time for your condition. Regardless, if you are considering this or other options for surgery, you should seek out the opinion of at least 1-2 more spine surgeons before making a decision. ...Read more

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C5 (Definition)

C5 refers to the fifth vertebra in the neck. The first vertebra is at the base of the skull, so the fifth is in the middle of the neck. Injuries to the spinal cord above this level impair the ...Read more