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cervical stenosis

miss grumpymmiss grumpy Posts: 107
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
hi, I'm about to have discectomy and fusion at level c6 c7, and have just found out i have cervical stenosis,iv looked it up, and fear for my future. Any one know how long it will take to be able to go to work and what sort of work would be most suitable, i used to be a gym instructor, not feeling to positive these days though.


  • I'm not sure how extensive or severe is your stenosis, but it is fairly common to have some stenosis by the time one passes their twenties.

    If you're asking how soon you can return to work after fusion, that is another question.

    Remember "stenosis" runs the gamit from having no effect at all to causing major problems. Do not jump to conclusions from what you read online about stenosis. Talk with your surgeon to see to what degree you are effected by stenosis.

    Good luck with your surgery.

  • i had severe stenosis before my operation and i did have a good outcome. Its been just over 24mths now since my surgery and i'm not back to work yet but thats due to other problems as well.If your not in bad shape before your surgery i wouldn't worry too much about a long recovery.gwennie is definitely right talk to your surgeon and find out from him how long he thinks your recovery will take.He will know the best.Good luck with your surgery
  • MetalneckMetalneck Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,364
    Welcome to our forums! As mentioned above ... stenosis is rather a general term. You stated that your having a discectomy ... Are they doing and ACDF?
    Do you have any other problems via MRI, Cat, or X-ray. What are your symptoms? What lead you to the doc in the first place? Pain? Injury. Loss of funtion, parathesia (tingling shocks numbness)? Did they say anything about foremonal stenosis? and most importantly !!!! Have you gotten a second or third opinion??

    Posting you MRI results could give us a better idea as to why they beleive you need to have this procedure done, and what you maybe in for. As a former gym instructor ... you are probably in good shape as far as muscle strength and tone .... that will be a big help. What kind of work do you do now and are concerned about returning to??


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