I finally underwent my C6-C7 Laminoforaminotomy on Friday and I feeling well from the effects of surgery. I have to wear a soft collar as tolerated and was instructed not to lift anything over 10 lbs. I never had much pain prior surgery because i had 2 epidurals that helped with pain however my left side was atrophying and left arm was looking smaller than right side. I still feel the numbness in my index finger and part of my palm close to thumb.
no pain just the numbness, my question is that normal? should i expect this to be permanent or to gradually improve.
I first herniated C6-C7 in 2001 but treatment made it better for 5 years.in Oct 07 it came back and a chiro made it worst and caused weakness.. Again epidurals and physical therapy helped but did not make i go away completely. In Feb 09 it came back and that is when i decided on surgery. Dr Kevin Mullaney from the twin cities spine center did a good job.
So is this normal and how long do you think it will take to get stronger again and get rid of weakness. Or am I too optimistic.