>>I am seeking information on cervical spine fusion surgery. I have disk prolapse at C5-C6 with loss of strenth and constant tingling in my right arm and hand. I live in Germany. Two noted neurosurgeons here have recommended the fusion procedure taught/develope by Dr. Wofhard Caspar at the University of the Saarland in Homburg. Is Germany the best place to have this done? Is this procedure likely to have a high probability of success? I am an ultra-distance runner and want to return to hard running.
>Is this the same operation Lou Holtz recently had? Is the Mayo Clinic the best place to go.
>I will deeply appreciate your responses.
>>Edward M. Stadum
>100322.110 at compuserve.com
This is a very common operation for neurosurgeons, and, yes it is the same type of operation that Lou Holtz had. While it's
not tremendously difficult, I do recommend getting somthe first opportunity. I wouldn't necessarily go all over the place to find someone and, no, the Mayo is not necessarily the
"best" place to go - but I'm sure they're very competent there.
I'm a neurosurgeon specializing in complex spine problems and I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have - just
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