(All information has been de-identified to protect patient identity)
People often suffer with shooting pain down the arms and numbness with possible weakness. It may last for months, or even years.
This 36 year old had been suffering with left arm shooting pain and left hand numbness for over 14 months. She tried physical therapy and two injections in her neck, but still had a hard time working as a dental hygienist. An MRI revealed that she had a large disk herniation in her neck. After a successful one hour procedure (ACDF) in a local Long Island Hospital, she went home the same day and regained the function back in her arm.
During surgery, markers and live X-rays (Flouroscopy) is used to identify the anatomy and ensure that the hardware is place adequately. Post operative X-rays show that the hardware is maintained.