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8 months after cervical laminectomy and fusion

benashlipbbenashlip Posts: 5
edited 01/02/2016 - 10:29 PM in Recovering from Surgery
This is my first post.
I am 69 years old and 10 months after laminectomy (C3-C6 and fusion C3-C7).
I have suffered from bearable pains in my neck for some years. 3 years ago I began to feel also numbness in 3 fingers of my right hand. My orthopedist sent me to physical therapy which has not helped. Then I was sent by a neurosurgeon to a MRI test which found sever cervical stenosis (C3-C6).
I had seen some neurosurgeons and all suggested to undergo a surgical decompression due to spinal cord contusion. Most of them suggested Laminectomy and Fusion. They told me that my situation will not improve on its own and that without a surgery there was a danger of severe deterioration.
My surgeon told me after the operation that the surgery had succeeded and sent me to Physical Therapy. 4 months after surgery, I had another MRI and my surgeon told me that everything is o.k.
I told him that I have pains and stiffness in my neck and weakness, especially when I walk about an hour. When I sit down and especially when I lie down I feel better. Heating my neck helps too. Generally, I feel better in the morning than in the evening. I don’t take any medication.
My range of motion to the left and to the right became smaller and I still feel the same numbness in my right hand.
My surgeon told me to do Hydrotherapy, Alexander technique or Feldenkrais Method.
Now, after 10 months since my surgery and after doing P.T. Hydrotherapy and Feldenkrais I don’t see any improvement.
Is this just the normal recovery process after such an operation? How much time takes a full recovery?
How can I improve my situation?
Thank you for any help.


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