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POST OP - Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy

ZackZZack Posts: 269
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:34 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
:? They say several weeks to recover from posterior cervical foraminotomy. How about 17 weeks. That's how long it took me. I feel myself again, only better, without the numbing tingling pain in my arm. It's awesome. I would like to let the world know that it took 4 mos. & a week though. I am still mad though because I was not prepared for a recovery as such. Didn't know what to expect - was told a few weeks & that was it!!! If 17 weeks is a few weeks in the surgeons terms, then it should be explained. Instead I was in so much pain that I felt maybe something went terribly wrong since I am not healed yet. That thought stuck with me for 17 weeks. The shoulder muscle pain was almost unbearable. (where they entered in back of neck)
Take care & I hope if you have this surgery that you have a better surgeon & staff there to answer any questions you have, because you will need support of some kind. I did not have any at all. They wouldn't even return phone calls.
It's very important in any surgery - ex. ice packs vs heat pad, what is best to find comfort.


  • Back surgery is major surgery! It annoys me when dr.'s don't give you the full scoop.

    So glad that things are better now for you. Thanks for posting your story.
  • Yes it is very wrong for the surgeons to kick you to the curb!
    Since I was on my own, so to speak, I just did whatever I could and it has been very painful. I have been using the heating pad (on high) 24/7 since May and now I have a bad burn up & down my back and around neck. That could've been prevented had the doctor seen it beforehand, but he didn't want to see me anymore because he thought I should've been healed & would only think I was a "nut case". That's the way he & his staff talk about their patients. Thanks for your reply & I hope you are feeling good today.....
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  • also a salesman...their income is based on your surgery...seems to me there should be some guarantee that once you have the surgery the surgeon is there for you for at least 90 days.
    im so glad it was a success...i had surgery in that area and two screws never got into the vertebrae...enjoy the lack of pain!!!
  • Gosh, I am so sorry to hear about your surgery & the 2 screws never attaching. So, are you going to just leave it like that? That must be horrible. I am really sorry! What are you going to do? Sheesh!
    hugs Julie
    1st day after my surgery I asked when do I go for follow up & they said they didnt need to see me ever again.... & an asst. up there accidently sent me an email going to the nurse & it said "this nut case is on the loose, please answer her questions" - made me feel as if I were being a baby with my pain.... slowed down my healing process big time! Still not well!
    take care
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