Hi, I am new to this forum and I am expecting to have anterior cervical corpectomy (C6&C7). I have OPLL which is complicating the surgery quite a bit and once the corpectomy is completed, I will be flipped over to have a Posterior Cage Implant from C5 - T2.
My symptoms are there but I am used to the pain (through getting massages every 2 weeks and receiving chiropractic care). If I over use my arms (particularly with computer work), the pain/numbness goes all the way down to my finger tips. My job requires a lot of computer work and my goal with this surgery is to extend my working life as much as possible. I am hoping that my age this is a wise thing to do. I am 51. I am told I will eventually have to have the surgery, and I would suspect it would be easier for me to recover now than when I am older. Also, there are indications that the doctor will have to go back in and do additional work (above this area) but he does not believe that he should do the other work now.
My main concern is the recovery and recovery time period. Since I am fairly functional (amazingly with what is going on) does this mean that my recovery will likely be good (and hopefully quick)? I would like to have the surgery the week before Christmas so I can take advantage of the 2 week holiday at my place of work. I think the doctor now believes that I will need to be out at least 4 weeks. He is not wanting me to take long drives (as a passenger) for a while but I would like to travel 2 1/2 hours to see my family. I guess I do not understand what the difference in sitting in a recliner or being upright is compared to riding on a smooth interstate in a nice comfortable car seat (I have a Jetta that has comfortable seats). Any clues? Or suggestions about how my recovery might go? Would I be able to work from home if I remoted into my computer at work?