Setting expectations for a cervical laminaplasty?
I have cervical spinal stenosis, the worst constriction/compression is from C4-C7, where the MRI's show a near complete lack of spinal fluid. I am 50 years old, and was very athletic and active up until I was about 35.
My symptoms are excruciating neck and shoulder pain, lower body numbness (legs, feet) and loss of motor coordination and balance. I can walk for 30-50 feet with the assistance of a cane.
I can sit in a chair for 2-3 hours total per day before the pain is so intolerable I begin weeping, and the lower body numbness is so complete it takes hours lying down afterwards before my legs work enough to get up. I have to work, but can barely do so. Luckily I can work lying down a lot, performing engineering work on a laptop.
My pain medications are ibuprofen, acetaminophen and Tramadol, taken as prescribed.
I have a laminaplasty scheduled in about a month. The spine surgeon is experienced and apparently esteemed in the field. He plans on stabilizing the neck afterwards with six titanium plates, fixated with 4 screws each.
What should be my expectations for:
My future ability to sit up?
My future ability to walk?
My future ability to work?
My future in general?