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Long term outcome of NO FUSION posterior cervical foraminotomy

fardaaftabffardaaftab Posts: 35
edited 02/13/2014 - 2:18 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
My spine surgeon recommended posterior foraminatomy for c5-c6 disc bulge. Has anyone done this surgery. How long ago? was it successful? How bad is recovery. I very much appreciate some feedback.


  • I really appreciate to hear from someone who has gone through this surgery. Also wants to know the outcome of this type of surgery. this surgery called Posterior cervical micro-foraminatomy.

  • I had a posterior lamindectomy fusion nov11th C3-T1 doing great feeling almost back to normal 3 months post op
    Cervical 360 ACDF C6/7-C7T1 Posterior fusion with hardware C3-T1 11/11/13
  • rpay10

    I am not familiar with your surgery. and I am glad you are doing fine. But micro-foraminotomy is not fusion and need no hard wear. it is removing just the bulged part of the disc from the back of the neck. there are not many doctors do this surgery. and I am not sure if it works. as I mentioned one doctor wants to do it and two others think it is not going to work as good as fusion. thank you for your information I very much appreciate it.
  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 02/10/2014 - 11:16 AM
    is a lesser involved tissue damaging surgery to relieve the compression on a nerve. Foraminotomies have good outcomes , since it relieves the pressure /compression on the nerve root and allow the nerve to move freely through the foramen again.
    There is no harm in going for a minimally invasive surgery in this situation, less trauma to the rest of the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the area and removal of the problem compression.
  • Hi Sandi
    Thank you for the information. I am looking for the long term outcome of this type of surgery. I am not sure if after a while a fusion is needed or this last more than few years. I wish I could communicate with someone who has done this in past and advise me of the result.
  • Ask your doctor for a patient of his that has had the surgery.Many times doctors have people that have undergone the surgery that you can speak with. I am somewhat skeptical because they would only connect you with success stories.
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