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    with your permission I would like to forward this to Dr Young to comment on

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    Thank You Kindly, I would feel fortunate to have Dr. Young review my files

    I received a treatment plan the other day from Dr. David Vincent, Neuro Surgeon in Norfolk, Virginia through AMIS Spine in Cyprus. He commented after reviewing all my scans and reports.

    The Email reply is as follows:


    It is a pleasure and honor to be able to assist you with Dr. Vincent’s review and recommended treatment for your clinical condition.

    Dr David Vincent has reviewed your MRI. Dr Vincent is a board certified, fellowship trained neurosurgeon with Neurosurgical Specialists, Inc. in Norfolk, Virginia. He specializes in the treatment of spinal disorders; including degenerative disease, tumors, fractures, and deformity. He has a strong focus on minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of these disorders, with key emphasis on motion preservation and non-fusion procedures. Please follow the link to learn more about Dr. David Vincent

    DR VINCENT

    Dr Vincent has reviewed your MRI images and there are findings which need treatment. The MRI of your cervical spine shows cervical spondylosis and degenerative disc disease at levels C5-6 and C6-C7 Taking this into consideration, Dr Vincent recommends removal of the Bryan disc, with anterior cervical approach and cervical plating fusion using a Peek cage and allograft at C5-C6 and C6-C7 levels with complete decompression. The surgical procedure will include implantation of autologous centrifuged bone marrow stem cells to further enhance the fusion process. Throughout the surgery, Intraoperative Nerves Monitoring System will be utilized to provide real-time, precise, and reliable feedback to ensure nerve and spinal cord safety. The surgery lasts about 2 hours, there is minimal blood loss and usually involves one day hospitalization. We need you stay in Cyprus for follow-up for only 7-8 days after surgery and then you can safely fly back home. Please notice that prior the surgery you will need an ENT evaluation to assess your vocal cords since you already had an Anterior Cervical Surgery.

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    I've uploaded my data for Dr. Wise and others to comment on

    These are the links to my MRI's and Radiology reports.

    Last edited by Marcuslv; 04-14-2013 at 09:48 AM. Reason: Too Personal for everyone to view

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    Marcusly, Im glad I did not see these videos before my surgery. After watching them I looked up the surgery I had done on Y-tube. OUCH..If I had seen them before I would have been more aprehensive than I was already. It just looks so brutal. Not at all what I had pictured in my mind. Now I understand why I was in so much pain after surgery. Thanks alot...Ha Ha Ha HA ....

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    Haha. yeah, having your head cut off and put pack together is no joke.

    But seriously the main risks are damage to laryngeal nerve, trachea and and spinal nerve roots. SPinal cord damage is a 1-3% risk factor from the procedure. It's a pretty standard procedure, even though Spine surgeries are major procedures. To any trained Neuro Surgeon it's like changing a tire on a car.

    Tissue and bone pain is not as bad as nerve and spinal cord damage. You will improve dramatically now that you are decompressed.

    Also, one gets accustomed to watching surgeries over time. It takes repetitive exposure and continued interest. After a while you will view surgical procedures with enthusiasm.

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    Anybody know how long before I am able to swallow food normally? I'm a week post op and when I try to eat solid food it stops at the back of my throat and wont go down until I have a sip of water. Something is not working right. I choke on water sometimes. I'm not having any pain as I swallow like I did right after surgery. I'm not eating as much as I should because I'm afraid of choking. I'm am constantly clearing my throat which makes it hard to sleep. Help..Thanks.

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    Swallowing really depends on how upset your throat got. I couldn't swallow well for weeks I recall. At times now, (just over 2 years down the road) I will have a problem swallowing if there is any type of swelling or a throat stressor.

    I found bread impossible for quite some time (a few months) but crackers would go down better. I found drinking from a bottle easier than a straw...other people have had opposite experiences.

    My voice didn't start really returning to normal for about 3 months. I still also tend to get hoarse or my voice fades after prolonged talking or a stressor.

    My plate is pulling away a bit, and I've noticed more issues with swelling in my throat.
    CCS/Walker C6...it's a long story

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    Thanks lavenderthistle. So now I know it's normal.I think my soft palate was stretched a bit and will take time to heal. I hear you on the bread,Impossible. Chicken noodle soup is the only semi solid food I can eat with out a water chaser.
    My speaking voice came back to normal at 5 days. I am still working on my singing voice. Everything is out of wack in my thoat. I now have a titanium tone to my singing voice. Ha Ha ..

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    My wife just informed me that I snore in my sleep. I never did before surgery. That tells me I do have something wrong with my soft palate. This sux.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcuslv View Post
    I thought the Bryan Disc was a good way to go 5 years ago. The Other Surgeon I consulted with prior to my decision said he would never implant some foreign object without at least 20 years of field tested data available.
    That Surgeon is the highest rated Neuro in Toronto, Canada on RateMD's. You can find his name easily by looking up the top 10 Neuros in Toronto on RateMD's. I wish I listened to him, I'd be in better shape today.
    I'm wondering if that would be Dr. Charles Tator?

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