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Posted by: Cheryl | 2011-04-04

Chronic back and neck pain.

I have had 4 Major Back operations due to a very bad fall 3 years ago.L4/L5 with spacer.Since the fall I also complained about terrible pain in my neck and left arm,my Doctor sent me for an MRI,Scan and X-Rays.There is evidence of the spacer at L4/L5 that has migrated and pressing on a nerve,causing my constant back pain and lameness in my right leg.My neck has a very badly herniated disk which is going to be repaired through surgery.My Doctor said that he is going to put a block in my neck - Can u explain what a block is and is this operation DANGEROUS as I am a smoker!!!!!!, I understand the operation has to be done through my neck and my vocal cords will be damaged and that I will have to go back and have another operation to repair the vocal cords.

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The neurosurgeon who is to perform the procedure is the best person to advise on the relative risks. The "block" you refer to - could be what is called a "cage" - a neural block is another procedure.
The surgeon should explain the various differences as indicated above.

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