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Cervical Laminectomy & Foraminotomy

Terri_MTTerri_M Posts: 2
edited 06/01/2015 - 9:58 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello..I am a 45 year old, very active female. I started experiencing pain in my left shoulder and arm as well as tingling in my fingers about a year ago. I was initially diagnosed with a trigger point and was given a shot of cortisone and lidocaine and sent to physical therapy. After about three months and two shots, my symptoms finally subsided. About three months ago, they returned. I went back to the Ortho who had originally treated me and he gave me another shot and sent me back to physical therapy. There were a few comments made by my Dr which made me feel like my pain level was greater than he felt like it should be based on my diagnosis. I went to see a Phyziatrist who felt that I had been misdiagnosed and sent me for an MRI. It turns out that I have multi level disc disease, bulging discs at C5-C6,C4-C5, C3-C4 and C2-C3, disc herniation in two spots at C6-C7 with severe left neural foraminal stenosis, reversal of normal lordosis with cervical spondylosis. I have had two cervical epidurals, one in C5-C6 and one at C6-C7. I had slight improvement after these but not significant. I decided to go speak with a surgeon and he is recommending a Cervical Laminectomy & Foraminotomy. He feels that eventually I will have no choice but to have the fusion but that this may buy me several years before needing to have the fusion.

Has anyone had any experience with this surgery? I am seeing a lot of posts about one or the other done with a fusion but not both of them without a fusion.



  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 06/01/2015 - 9:57 AM
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  • But I would really recommend getting a second opinion. It's not too often they'll recommend the posterior surgery on someone our age, although it certainly is warranted sometimes.

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

  • Hey Terri,

    I had a posterior cervical laminotomy, disectomy, foraminotomy on my C5-C6. My symptoms are still here. They are not the same as well. I still get tingling, neck pain, shoulder pain, scapular pain. Did an MRI of the rotator cuff b/c most of the pain comes in my shoulder. and i get the tingling only in my thumb. it also swells up in the morning. I would suggest getting a 2nd option. I know for me, i would have just done the fusion b/c that is the more definitive answer to making the problem going away. i hesitated b/c of the fusion part but now i may need it anyway so im doing 2 surgeries instead of one. PM to disucss
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