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Continued Recovery time vs plateau and permanency

cmoore55ccmoore55 Posts: 9
edited 06/15/2015 - 5:51 PM in Recovering from Surgery
I was told by my surgeon that where I was in a year after the last surgery is very likely where Id stay. Id like to hear thoughts and experiences on that thanks.

FYI - Two surgeries - front and back
C-3,4 then C-5,6


  • That's not what I've been told, by a couple of surgeons and many patients. I think *most* of your improvement is in the first year, but you can continue another year after that. Especially radiculopathy symptoms, I had a friend that her tingling fingers resolved at 18 months out.

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

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    Each surgery type (ie Cervical, Lumbar, Thoracic, Joint) then kind (ACDF, Fusion PLIF, ALIF, etc) has its own general time table.
    But none of that is set in stone.
    \When you do have nerve damage involved, you could be looking at 24 months or longer.

    In talking with various surgeons and based on my own number of surgeries and that of those I know.

    • 6-8 weeks is the time frame to start to eliminate the pain medications
      5-10 weeks is the time you could return to work and/or drive
      12-15 weeks is when you can start to feel some definite improvements
      18-28 weeks is when you should be able to start to return to many of the things you did before
      28 weeks for internal scar tissue to be worked on so it stays pliable, after than its almost impossible
      28-56 for complicated fusions, shoulder replacements, etc to improve
      > and more
    And I am sure you will find 1,000 people to have different timeframes than I just posted.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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