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Cervical Laminoplasty Next Week! Need Info.

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi. I'm new to this forum. I was just scheduled for a 4-level cervical laminoplasty next week (June 15), after much research and consultation with 3 different doctors. The two orthosurgeons said cervical laminoplasty and the neurosurgeon said ACDF. It was a hard decision for me, because I have no pain. I have tingling, numbness and clumsiness, but I thought that was (and it still could be) from my carpal tunnel. The option was to wait and watch closely or one of the surgeries. But given that this is progressive, I came to the conclusion that I should do this, and not risk paralysis from falling (but that doesn't stop me from re-visiting the question every day about whether this is really necessary now...in some ways it is good that I only have a week before the surgery). I have severe disc degeneration at C4-5, C5-6, and C6-7 and slight spondylolisthesis of C3-4. At C3-4 there is mild to moderate left greater than right sided foraminal narrowing. At C4-5 and C5-6 there is significant spinal stenosis with flattening of the cord and moderate biforaminal narrowing. I have read some conflicting information about post-operative recovery. A lot of the posters on this forum talk about hard collar worn for a long period. My surgeon says that he believes this delays recovery; he goes with soft collar as needed for comfort. He says recovery of 4-6 weeks, but forum posters here say much longer. I had expected to be working from home after the first week (I'm a lawyer (and an artist) and do a lot of computer/document work and conference calls; and I had hoped to be able to paint again soon). Is that unreasonable? Also, I have no pain now; am I likely to have long-term neck pain as a result of this operation? What about nerve damage? Is the pain excruciating after surgery? For those of you who have had this surgery, what would you have wanted to know before? Any advice/guidance on these and any other issues related to cervical laminoplasty would be gratefully appreciated, as my surgery is imminent. Thanks.


  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. you are wise to be doing your homework and asking all the questions you can think of!! :? the more prepared you are, the better your recovery!! check out the "Back and Neck surgery" forum for more input on what you will need and other info.. do your thinking and studying and i know you will come to the right decision for you!! =D> good luck and keep us informed. :D stop by anytime! Jenny :)
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