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Fusion of C-4/5 and C-5-6 recommended, would like disc replacement without plate. Any good choices ?

68-year-old woman, very active, demanding job as music teacher / director. fusion of C-4/5 and C-5-6 recommended. Does not want fusion. Would like disc replacement without plate. Any good choices? Is shaving the bone a good temporary option? C4 is pressing on spinal cord . There are areas where spinal fluid cannot get through. Exploring surgical options locally.
Asked On : Fri, 1 Mar 2013
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I have studied your case with diligence.

Yes disc replacement can be done but ,disc replacement at two level results are ambiguous.
So disc replacementat one level is good option.
Also fusion with plate fixation does not mean that you will loose your neck movement.This surgery has good long term results.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Wishing you good health.

Take care
Answered: Thu, 5 Sep 2013
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