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Laminoplasty C4-C6

Mandolin83MMandolin83 Posts: 2
edited 02/12/2015 - 10:28 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I have had issues for a few years now and just have been doing physical therapy and medicine (through my family doctor). I was never given a hint that this might require surgery! I thought the numbness and pain was from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome (both of which have been "fixed"). So I have been sent to a neurosurgeon. He wants to do a laminoplasty. Has anyone else had this done? Were you able to go back to work before 3 months? I have been told that this can be quite painful, but at the end of recovery, it is well worth it.
I am going to schedule the surgery for later in the year due to work training, and for the fact that I don't want to ruin my summer! haha.
I appreciate any help! Thanks!


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 02/12/2015 - 10:28 AM
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • What's your symptoms? I was offered anterior (ACDF) or posterior (lamino-something) by my first opinion. My second opinion said absolutely an ACDF, since I was too young for the posterior surgery and my compression on the anterior side. Have you gotten a second opinion yet? Since your surgery isn't urgent, I would absolutely seek out other opinions. Research your surgeons as well.
    Saying that, I've heard the posterior is way more painful than the anterior. I didn't think the surgery itself (ACDF) was that painful, but the recovery is a bummer (I have cervical myelopathy). I went back to work at 8 weeks, wish I had 12.
    Also, read lots of threads on here, it will help prepare you. Just remember, some people have easy and quick recoveries (they tend not to be on this forum too long) and some have slow and painful recoveries. Everyone is different!

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

  • I also have cervical spinal stenosis at 3 levels and also I happen to be a physisician (not a neurosurgeon though) If there is one thing I have learned during the last 2 years is not to rush into anything because a neuro-
    surgeon tells you so. First you need to evaluate if your symptoms actually justify surgery because surgery is
    not the perfect fix for everything.
    So what exactly are your symptoms and for how long have you had those symptoms ?
    Also, are the symptoms getting worse or are they stable for a longer time ?

  • I have arm pain and weakness, both arms. Tingling as well. The pain and weakness have progressed over the years. I can't do my hair, I can't hold my niece for very long, etc.
    My first opinion said ACDF, my second opinion said, nope, too young and that I will have to have more surgery later in life, most likely within 10 years. With the Laminoplasty I will be able to keep my mobility and may not need surgery again.
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