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Posted in: Spinal stenosis, and Surgery.


Started by propofol on 05/24/2011 9:38am

I am scheduled for a laminoplasty from C3 to C7...
What can I expect with recovery? The neurosurgeon stressed atleast 10 times that I would be in significant pain for 3 months.
I want to go on a vacation in 3 weeks, I can't sit around at home. I want to get back to work in 5 weeks...
Any one out there with experience???
My fear of spine surgery is the "failed back surgery syndrome" with chronic pain. I have never taken opioids, and do not want to take any, other than the imediate post op period.

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I had a 3-7 about 4 1/2 years ago. You better listen to your neurosurgeon! I was in the hospital for 5 days, then a transitional care unit for a week. I came home to 6 weeks of in-home pt. I was out of work for 3 months. And I am not a person to sit at home. I'm always on the go. It was a brutal recovery. I was on lots of pain meds. And I was 49 at the time. That all said, I'm glad I did it. If all those levels would have been fused I wouldn't have been able to turn my neck. I now have full range. I still have some pain once in awhile, and i still have bone spurs/arthritis that will give me trouble. But my stenosis was so bad to not have it done. Your neuro shouldn't promise no pain ever. I think that's totally unrealistic. Plus, I waited 5 years to have mine done. Was afraid, didn't want surgery, yadda yadda. Unfortunately it left me with some nerve pain that will never come back. But I bike, hike, walk, etc. Gave up rollerblading though! When is your surgery?