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Cervical Foraminotomy

ZackZZack Posts: 269
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:32 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
I had the surgery done 8 weeks ago on C5-6 & C6-7. They cut in the back of the neck $ move muscles to the side & with a tiny drill, they grinded down on the 2 discs that were impending on the nerves. MRI showed areas that were in trouble & what was causing my arm to go numb, tingle, & experience great pain. First, they ordered physical therapy. After months of physical therapy and the steroid injections (3 rounds), I got no relief. It only felt ok when in a hot bath tub. I was so excited to hear that there was an operation for this DDD, because that would be a beach to have had to live like that. Recovery has been very, very slow, but not complaining because it's better than living with constant pain. So glad they are able to reverse the damage. Life is good now.
Julie in Houston, Tx.


  • that's good your pain is gone. do what the dr. says. be good and know you are one of the fortunate ones
    :-C :-C
  • man...great news...i hope i have this option.
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  • Thanks for commenting. You have several option to correct the areas in question. Your doc will determine what suits you best. My surgery is performed more & more these days from what I have been told. MRI showed C5-6 & C 6-7 mild to moderate DDD. He grinded down the 2 discs that were impending on the nerves that were causing my left arm to tingle, numbness & alot of pain. None of the physical therapy helped me, so I am ever so glad I was a perfect canditate for this. It's been 10 weeks now, & the road to recovery has been a tough one (never had surgery before like this). Post-op pain is a little more tolerable now. I wish you the best of luck my friend. It's all good. Take Care.
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