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forminal stenosis

clsmeekscclsmeeks Posts: 31
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:55 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Has anybody ever had surgery due to forminal stenosis I have severe forminal stenosis on the left side c6 c7 any info would be helpfull thanks in advance


  • Hi cls;

    Yes, I've had two surgeries to correct foraminal stenosis (one on each side of my neck), called an anterior cervical foraminotomy. It's less invasive than a fusion, and quicker recovery. They will remove the blockage, any bone spurs you might have, herniations, protrusions and a bit of the vertebrae if necessary. You can be back to work in 4-6 weeks. No collar is necessary. Both of my surgeries were successful in that the nerve roots were released and the symptoms caused by the stenosis disappeared. With the 1st surgery, the post-op pain was pretty bad, but with this 2nd one, I had very little post-op pain. I've attached a link to a video that shows the posterior approach for cervical foraminotomy that you might want to watch. You can also get links to other threads that were posted about the surgery if you type foraminotomy in the search field at the top of the page. Good luck!

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  • I had a herniated disc which caused left forminal stenosis. I had Anterior Cervical Disectomy and fusion
    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
  • Saw Nuero surg on monday he said he want to try stereiod injection first but if i does not help he said it would be a acdf c6 c7 but in the next senetence he said having on up high and one low will cause the other disc to need the same thing and some point anybody have any storys for me let me know thanks in advance clsmeeks
  • Its important post it should provide proper information which is helpful for us.
  • HI CLS,

    I am also pre surgery still and still looking for answers and other consults. I have been diagnosed with a left C6 and C7 radiculopathy due to spondylosis and foraminal stenosis at both levels. We have been trying to maximize my other options before having surgery. I am told that if these additional interventions fail I am a candidate for an ACD with fusion. I had 4 epidural injections but they provided little relief. I also had traction but this time around didn't help. They may help you along with other non operative treatment. Only you and your doctor can decide on this. I have heard that having this type of surgery can place stress on additional levels. It all depends on your circumstance. Good luck to you.

  • Im scheduled for acdf on 10/26/11 for c6 c7 so injections did not help I have severe ddd in that disc the disc is almost gone and bone rubbing together so doc opted for sugery ill give all and update next week when I get home from hospital and thanks for you reply
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