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Had c4,5,6 laminectomy 2011 for severe central stenosis. 8 weeks constant pain, numb in shoulder/arm-3 level ACDF proposed. alternative? Complications

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Dr. Kevin Yoo
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Where is your pain? If it is neck pain, ACDF is a viable option.
If it is pain in the arms, then there may be foraminal narrowing compressing your nerves that can be addressed by ACDF or posterior foraminotomies. If it is both, ACDF is best. As for the shoulder/arm numbness, this is a common complaint after cervical laminectomies and can get better over long time. Make sure you go over everything

In brief: Need more info

Where is your pain? If it is neck pain, ACDF is a viable option.
If it is pain in the arms, then there may be foraminal narrowing compressing your nerves that can be addressed by ACDF or posterior foraminotomies. If it is both, ACDF is best. As for the shoulder/arm numbness, this is a common complaint after cervical laminectomies and can get better over long time. Make sure you go over everything
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