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ACDF surgery

GwynethGGwyneth Posts: 1
edited 01/28/2015 - 1:43 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi, I am a newbie I've just had ACDF surgery on my neck (a week ago)to relieve numbness symptoms. Before I had the operation I could not move my left leg at all now I can, but my arm, hand and shoulder is still numb, am I expecting to much improvement to soon?
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  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 01/28/2015 - 1:43 AM
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • That's awesome you already have return of your left leg.
    Everyone heals at different rates. Some people get it back in a week or two or even right after surgery, sometimes it's a year or two til the numbness goes away. I've seen some at 6 weeks be near normal people, and then a friend said her numb fingers finally became normal in 1.5 years. Some people never regain what they lost. Absolutely follow your doc's instructions to get best results!
    Personally, I'm 7+ weeks out, and I've only mildly improved from my preop symptoms. I'm really trying hard to be patient, but it's not easy!

    ACDF w/Corpectomy C3-6 12/8/14 ; Laminectomy C3-6  5/19/2016

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