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C5-6 Foramintomy

diane54ddiane54 Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I'm seeing my neurosurgeon today to discuss the possibility of a foraminotomy at the C5-6 level. I'm wondering if any of you can tell me how the recovery is from this procedure?

I'm healthy otherwise and work at a desk job from home, so I'm wondering how much time I might need off from work. If its only a week or two I can go ahead and schedule procedure now, otherwise I have to wait until April.

Thanks for any help!



  • Hi Diane,

    First let me say welcome to Spine-health. Have a look around and you find many whom have had this procedure done.

    As far as the recovery from this procedure it depends on the entry wether it is posterior(back side) or anterior(front side), of the neck. When they go in the posterior side of the neck recovery can take a bit longer as the spasms take sometime to settle down and it is a bit more painful.

    When you met with the surgeon explain your concerns and ask what is a realistic time to be off work given your individual job needs and explain why you would be putting it off, so you don't fall outside of the bounds. Also I would ask if there would be any reason during the procedure he/she might change their minds and do any other procedure. Usually on the forms it will allow them to do whatever they need to resolve the issue.

    Once again welcome to spine-health. If I can be of any assistant don't hesitate to pm me. Keep us posted.
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