I had an updated MRI on Tuesday and then followed up with neurosurgeon afterwards. I have minimal disc disease that is causing me a lot of pain and after a year of PT, 3 epidural injections, massage therapy etc. Neurosurgeon has recommended a C5-6 foraminotomy in late April. (this is when my new FMLA time kicks in and I can take 4 weeks off if need be). I am lucky in that I work from home at a desk job so no need to commute to work and be on my feet all day.
The doc said she sometimes discharges the same day as the procedure but would prefer to keep me for one night, possibly 2 to keep the pain under control. She didn't really give me a time for being off work, just said "everyone is different" and she will authorize what I feel I need.
I'm healthy, not overweight and active. Just wondering if realistically I could expect to go back to work in 2 weeks and in 4 weeks plan a trip to Las Vegas.
Also, last week I had an epidural injecion as a diagnostic tool in the C5-6 area and my pain is totally gone, so she said that would be a good indication that my surgery would be successful.
Would love to hear anyone else's experience with recovery from a cervical foramintomy. Thanks! This forum is great.