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Cervical Posterior Foraminotomy Recovery Times

Hello All,

I want to thank everyone on the forum who regularly contributes. I am getting ready for a Cervical Posterior Foraminotomy on C-5/6 & C-6/7 on 10/14 and have been using this forum as a great reference. I did want to pose a question though.

I would like to hear about people's recovery times. I put in for two weeks off from work to recover and wanted to know how realistic I am being. I have a home office so I can be flexible in when and how I do work, but I put the firm barrier up of 2 weeks of doing nothing. Any thoughts?

Also- Any golfers out there care to share how long it was before they hit the links?

Thanks everyone and I appreciate the insight.


  • Well, what did your surgeon say to expect? I had a cervical foraminotomy and microdiskectomy a couple of months ago, and my doc said he normally keeps people out of work for six weeks after that procedure. Compared to lumbar fusion, the recovery is trivial, but oddly enough, it was worse than the cervical disk replacement I had two years ago.

    I say oddly because it's minimally invasive, but the muscles that get moved will be immensely displeased and for a good month, if not more, expect pain that feels like slicing or ripping in the affected trapezius muscles. I was actually surprised at the amount and duration of pain.

    If you work from home, I assume that means staring at a computer. Be sure to take frequent breaks.
    August 2013 C7-T1 MED
    July 2013 L4-L5-S1 TLIF
    December 2011 C5-C6 ADR
    April 2009 L5-S1 MED
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