What to Expect After Cervical Laminoplasty?
As with most major surgeries, postoperative expectations include a period of pain management and recovery. Hospital stays range from 2-3 days. Along with normal post-operative goals, patients must be comfortable walking. As expected, patients report cervical pain for several days after the procedure. Pain management should be maintained until the patient becomes more comfortable. A cervical collar is recommended for the early recovery period. This provides extra support and stability and limits agitating motion. Nerve recovery is known to be slow and steady. Patient experience can vary depending on the preoperative condition, overall health and the body’s response to the procedure. Most patients experience a significant improvement in nerve function within the first 2-3 months. Full healing and improvement continues for the next 6 to 18 months.
The majority of patients report a full improvement from their preoperative condition. In rare cases, long-standing compression can lead to limited improvement. Even more rare, single spinal cord nerves can become agitated from the procedure. This may cause symptoms and typically improve on their own over time. Dr. Braxton’s post-surgical follow-up care includes monitoring patient progress and further recommendations, as needed. Cervical laminoplasty is an excellent option for resolving symptoms in patients with spinal cord compression.