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Cervical Foraminotomy - New Blog Tracking Rehab

Alright folks, I'm going in on Thursday for a cervical foraminotomy (Micro mini-open) on C7. I've started a blog to track pre and post-surgery rehab and recovery, because frankly all I could find were horror stories and people complaining about never getting better. I plan on coming back stronger than before, so if you want to read about it, here ya' go...



  • If you look around the site and read where others have posted their entire surgery they do fine in the end. Actually the thing is most come here in pain do the surgery and are off and running and never return to tell how they did or make a single post about how successful they were. A one level foramintomy should be a pretty straight forward procedure, verses fusion where your waiting for hardware to setup or bone to grow. My suspicion is you won't need a neck brace and within a week or two return to work. I have actually seen a couple multi-level fusion patients return to work in a week or two. ONe thing to keep in mind is while the name of the surgeries may sound the same, the reason for it may be very different, IE pinched nerve or spinal cord compression, with the later some may have myelopathy which surgery is only done to stop the progression but not undo the damage. But with out knowing your condition I suspect it is for a pinched nerve? Those are the important things to document so others know if you have the same condition as they do, and how successful the outcome of the surgery was. But no matter what the reason for the surgery I wish you the best of results with the surgery. Hopefully you will be like so many others and this is a thing of the distant past, and your back out living a very busy life.
  • You're correct, there are plenty of individuals who have had successful outcomes, but I have found the opposite seems to be the most commonly written about (at least in forums). As for the reason I am having surgery, it is for a herniated (slightly extruded) disc, that is strategically compressing the left C7 nerve root. Here's a question for the masses, though; why would a Doctor choose to perform a foraminotomy as opposed to a foraminotomy/discectomy?
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