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Protection of the neck after a 2 level laminectomy

He everybody,

I've had a laminectomy without fusion on C5,C6 and a very minor part of C7 in 2011 due to congenital cervical stenosis. I was wondering how strong my neck still is after removing the lamina without fusion.

On some moments I still get a bit scared that I might hurt my neck because I had surgery although it has been some time ago. For example, A few days ago a girl jumped into my arms and she grabbed my neck for a little support while I held her and last week I bumped my head slightly while I was swimming on my back (not a hard bump).

I know the muscle mass protects my neck a lot. But how careful do I need to be?

Thanks for your time!


  • I don't know the answer to your question, but I understand your concern.
    Really, a spine specialist and probably a spinal surgeon would be the person to ask. If your surgery was back in 2011 though, getting to see and talk to one is probably not going to be easy.

    There may be some information here on the site in the information section.
    I suspect that your neck is not going to be as strong as it was, now that the back of the spine has been removed.
    On the other hand, your surgeon must have felt that it would be ok and if he didn't warn you about the dangers of having problems from weakness, it is probably ok. Perhaps you could write to your surgeon and tell him of your concern and hopefully he will write back and reassure you.

    Please do let us know what you find out.

  • Thanks for the reply jellyhall. If I don't get or find any answers on this forum/website I will see if I can leave a question at the hospital or through my GP.
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