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Spinal Stenosis: anterior cervical corpectomy

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I just went to see my ortopaedic surgeon and he recommended anterior cervical corpectomy. Can you somebody share their experiences with this surgery?

Thanks in advance!


  • with my cervical fusion was a good one. Much easier than a lumbar fusion, trust me. I have an inch and a half scar on the front right side of my neck thats hardly visable and after surgery had no problems other than a small sore throat and I found it hard to swallow and had a smothering feeling for awhile but it all passed.Spent only one night in the hospital.

    Best Wishes on your surgery,
    Christina :)
  • Hi Cabshm,
    I just had an anterior cervical corpectomy surgery on August 13th. (c3 AND c4)with instrumentation. I had a three hour surgery beginning at 8:30 a.m. I was discharged the next day at noon. I have been doing remarkably well. I have had to take no pain medication other than tylenol for a sore throat and tongue due to fiber optic intubation. I have been able to tend to all of my own personal needs and have someone here to help me with the stuff I'm not supposed to do...load dishwasher, washer, dryer, etc.

    I am wearing a soft collar for 10 days - until my post op appointment. Restrictions are to lift no more than 5 lbs and no bending or twisting or driving.

    I have an incision on my neck that is about 2 1/2 to 3 inches long that has stitches inside and is glued on the outside. Should heal nicely. I have had no pain or problems with the incision.
    Not sure what your symptoms are, but I had severe spinal cord compression that caused me to have bilateral hand numbness and right leg weakness. The leg weakness disappeared immediately and completely after the decompression surgery. I still have numb hands, but understand that numbness takes a while to recover. If you have other questions, ask away.
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