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Foraminectomy, Foraminotomy and Arthodesis

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,000
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I've been reading and posting to this forum since my surgery last month. I have not seen anyone else whose surgical procedure involved only a posterior foraminectomy, foraminotomy and arthrodesis. I am surprised that nobody else has had this. Anyone know anything about it and whether it is successful?

I'm surprised it apparently is so rare. I previously have had an ACDF.



  • Thanks Paul. I've read many of your postings, I just never read your signature carefully enough, I guess. How long ago was yours? Would you consider it a success?
  • can you talk about the recovery time from your procedure, please? I am a candidate for a foraminotomy at c-5,c-6 and am VERY interested in what happens post-op. I have had two anterior fusions with instrumentation but the latest seemed to have dislodged something in the back of the neck that causes untold amounts of pain and discomfort.

    Thanks for your feedback. Or you can email me at
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  • Let's see...I was not able to ride in a car for two weeks, and then was restricted from driving, lifting anything greater than 8 pounds, and going to work, until I saw my NS for follow-up at 5 weeks post-op. I also had to wear a soft collar that entire time. After my follow-up (last week) all restrictions were lifted and I began PT. I still have pain, weakness and numbness, but I'm hoping for a full recovery.

    During the 5 weeks that I was off work, I walked every day, around 6 miles per day. The posterior surgery is more painful than the anterior, because they have to cut through a lot of muscles.

    Good luck!!!!

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