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What is prominent broad-based posterior disc osteophyte complex c6/c7? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 22-Feb-2014
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User:What is prominent broad-based posterior disc osteophyte complex c6/c7?
User:I know it needs a neurosurgical opinion - but I have no idea what that means
Doctor:it is a spinal bone deformity at the neck region
User:is it a herniated disc?
Doctor:no problem
Doctor:I will surely help you understand what it is
User:I suffered a severe whiplash injury at age 12
Doctor:I am so sorry about that
User:migraines since then - now daily since the beginning of november
Doctor:What is your age now?
User:and have been diagnosed with cranial ocular nerve palsy
User:my migraines have increased, symptoms are new too
User:loss of vision either one or both eyes - like just speckles - no actual details are visible during a mirgraine
User:intense burning pain at temples as well as throbbing headaches
Doctor:it is not herniated disc though
Doctor:I am so sorry about your current symptoms
User:me too!
User:does it need surgery to fix?
Doctor:But it seems to be related to the earlier whiplash injury
User:I'm getting married in eight weeks
Doctor:yes, it it is big enough and causing more damage
Doctor:Osteophytes are nothing but excess bony growths
Doctor:That is good news
User:okay - so surgery to remove it?
User:it is also pushing on spinal cord - as you can see by report
Doctor:it is pushing the cord as well
Doctor:Yes, surgery would be beneficial
User:how long to recover from surgery from this?
Doctor:It would take a minimum of 6 weeks for initial recovery
Doctor:and a minimum of 3 months for full recovery
User:okay - so the sooner the better - my wedding is on 11 April
Doctor:either ways
Doctor:you cannot hurry on this
Doctor:take your time t decide
User:okay - but it is a relief to know there is a fix
Doctor:Because post operative complications can be expected with these kind of surgeries
Doctor:And it may take longer time for recovery
User:because I have suffered since the age of 12
Doctor:Your wedding should not be disturbed due to the surgery
User:so have it after the wedding?
User:and after honeymoon?
Doctor:Preferably, yes, if you are able to bear the symptoms now
User:that is good advice
Doctor:it's good for you
User:I am on lots of painkillers now - a few more won't hurt!
Doctor:I understand
Doctor:Also, it is in the region of C6 and C7
Doctor:Very vulnerable area
Doctor:Many important structures are present in this area
Doctor:Caution should be exercised while attempting the surgery
User:right - and no doubt contributing factor to all my headaches and visual problemsw
User:I have one of the best neurologists looking after me
Doctor:I am really sorry on that
Doctor:Perhaps, it is more painful to you
User:so I am sure he will recommend a good neurosurgeon
Doctor:that would be great for you
User:and he will no doubt be there during the operation
User:how long would this take in theatre?
User:an hour or two? longer?
Doctor:A minimum of 2 to 3 hrs
Doctor:not lesser than that
User:okay - so definitely not until after the wedding and honeymoon
Doctor:Yes, this can wait in my view
User:I'm pretty tough - but not that tough!
User:how long would I spend in hospital after the op?
Doctor:Not more than a week
User:I know it depends - but it wouldn't be day surgery would it?
Doctor:You can go back home soon, and should do regular neck physiotherapy for faster recovery
User:which I would do religiously
Doctor:You cannot go back home the same day
User:I believe in doing as the physio's tell you - they KNOW best after all - and if you follow the instructions properly you should be right
Doctor:At least 3 days post op, you would be required to stay at the hospital
User:I've suffered with this for years - I would be so keen to fix it
User:okay - I have private health insurance, this would be covered
Doctor:But then, the physiotherapist should be rightly and adequately trained as well
User:which again directed by neurosurgeons and my neurologist
Doctor:Yes, your insurance would cover this surgery mostly
Doctor:there should not be a problem with it
User:thank you so much, you have answered my questions
Doctor:It is my pleasure to help you
Doctor:I wish you get well soon
User:I just got the report today, and didn't know what on earth it meant
User:thank you - me too!
Doctor:and wishes for your marriage
User:thank you!
Doctor:Nothing to worry
Doctor:it means nothing for now
Doctor:please relax
User:okay... :-)
Doctor:As I said, do not hurry regarding the surgery
Doctor:Give it some time
Doctor:Do you have any more queries for now?
User:yes that is good advice - particularly as the recovery time is long
User:No, no further questions
Doctor:Yes, your quality of life would be more important, especially at this time of your wedding
Doctor:All right then
Doctor:It was nice chatting with you
Doctor:Wish you good health and good luck
User:you too - thank you have a good evening
Doctor:You too
Doctor:Take care
Doctor:Bye for now
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