Laminectomy with fusion, recovery time
Hi, I have been diagnosed with severe cervical and lumbar stenosis, which has worsened over the years since 2004 due to degenerative disc disease. EMG reveals bilateral radiculapthy and my neck, should and arm hurt all day and my arm is always cold and numb.
I 've tried PT, Chiro, Trigger Point Injections, Epidural Injections, Stryker Percutaneous Dekompression (failed after 3 attempts - probe kept hitting a nerve due to atypical nerve placement) and close to two dozen pain killers ( most which didn't work or made me nauseated or extremely sedated). Doctors have now scheduled me for ACDF (Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion) and a Laminectormy with Fusion for Lumbar Spine.
I am an Assistant Principal for a NYC Dept of Ed. elementary school with 750 students. The surgery has originally been scheduled for Mar. 31, 2010. My office is on the 4th floor and the lunch room is below the 1st floor.
Has anyone had either of these surgical procedures and returned to work? How long were you out of work? How did you help yourself recover successfully so you could return to work? What was your recovery period like? Did you require a lot of assistance when home? Were you still in some pain when you returned to work? Please let me know. Any assistance/advice you can offer me would be deeply appreciated.