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C7 Foraminotomy

KinneyKKinney Posts: 13
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:50 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am a newbie to this site, and I am in the process of educating myself on this surgery. There is a lot of negative posts on this forum, and it is making me wonder about the surgery. I apologize in advance if I dont word things correctly....A neurosurgeon just recommended that I have a C7 posterior foraminotomy for my herniated disc. I can deal with the numbness in my fingertips, but chronic scapular muscle spasms are driving me nuts. I am functioning but I am very frustrated with my upper back problems.

Does surgery usually improve muscular knots (spams) between the shoulder blades when all other alternatives have failed? There are MANY people on this forum that have conditions much worse then mine. I can't decide if I should just comntinue to live with my upper back dysfucntion, or have this surgery to improve my lifestyle/function?

Thanks for your time!


  • HI Kinney,

    First let me say welcome to spine-health. Have a look around and there are a few whom have had the surgery you are discussing, including myself. AS far as seeing so many bad post on surgery, keep in mind there are plenty whom have come and had successful outcomes and are living normal everyday busy lives.

    As far as the surgery your discussing, keep in mind the posterior surgery is a little bit longer of a recovery and at first you might have some intense muscle spasms. So be sure the doctor gives you a good muscle relaxer. Sense it doesn't involve hardware it should take as long to calm down for you. It is not the incision pain that is bad but the actual spasm which are the problem. But, they should subside some in a few weeks. You won't have any need for a collar or anything unless they do it for comfort. But following surgery the best thing you can do for yourself is begin walking. Once you think you have walked enough walk some more.

    Just thought I would stop by and welcome you to spine-health. If there is anything I can do for you don't hesitate to pm me. Take care.
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