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Posterior Laminectomy pain after 1 1/2 years

I had and ACDF (C 4-C5) w/Fusion and Plate in 2006 due to severe OA, Stenosis and Bone spurs.
Then had Posterior Laminectomy (C3-C7) June 2011 for same reasons.
Now having severe pain in same area and intensity as prior to surgery.
doc shceduled for January but would like to know how many others are dealing with same issues.


  • Hello ma659, I had essentially the same but in reverse order. I am now a year and a half from a botched multi-level posterior Laminectomies, discectomies and fascetectomy's. 2 weeks ago I had the corrective surgery- a fusion through the front (ACDF). I am so pleased to say It seems the many problems caused by the first surgery seem to have been corrected by this multilevel ACDF! I am not without pain yet (unless i take the painkillers) and I am taking it very slow but I feel that I will make a full recovery if I follow the limitations set by the procedure. The retrolethesis of c4 c5 and resulting thickening of the ligamentum flavum was of great concern to me as there is no cure for that thickening of Ligamentum and is very painful. I also could not continue living an active life with the instability.
    Before I had this corrective surgery, the pain from the instability caused by the posterior laminectomy was severe and dibilitating. I lost the strength in my dominant right hand and fine motor control which meant I could no longer work. I already see progress in terms of motor control 2 weeks out. (my c6 nerve was freed during the surgery)
    Did you have the requisite hardware to address those instability issues associated with laminectomy? Have you examined your mri's for new spur growth and thickening of ligamentum flavum?
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