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Did anyone do well after surgery?

VerminatorVVerminator Posts: 24
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I have been reading alot of the posts about Cervical Foraminotomy. I am expecting to have this done soon. I have have the same procedure done 6 years ago on my Lumbar area and didnt have the pain as reported with the Cervical surgery.

Has anyone had a good experience Post Op?
Or should i expect to feel like most here. The NS said I should be off work for about 2 or 3 weeks and from what I read it will be longer.
I am starting to wonder if the NS can go in and do the same procedure Anterior.



  • Hi - best wishes for the upcoming surgery. I cannot comment on your operation as mine was for L4 to S1 with ADR and anterior fusion.

    Why not talk to some of your surgeons patients that have been thru it. Easiest way would probably be either ask the surgeon for contacts or go and see the physiotherapist that he recommends for you to go to after your procedure, but go there before you have the op. You will see his patients there at varying stages of recovery and get the feedback you need. You can also ask any question you have of the physio and get their advice too. I remember talking to my surgeons patients that had cervical surgery and they all seemed to think, including the physios, that the cervical recovery is much easier than lumbar recovery. Obviously "horses for courses" as they say - Best wishes....
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,865
    surgeries I felt ok after the procedure. It always took care of the problem that I had the surgery for.
    However, sometimes later on, 4months, 8months 2years, etc I had additional problems, some caused by not listening to my doctors.

    3 weeks post surgery in back to work? That sounds very aggressive. Many times you might not be off pain medications for at least 4-6 weeks and physical therapy normally doesnt start for a week or so after surger (some, happens much sooner)

    Also a lot depends on what kind of work you do. I have found the desk jobs, computers, lots of reading, phone work, etc can be the worst environment for cervical or lumbar patients
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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