I have found from personal experienced, that my surgeon used the epidural as an indication that surgery was actually needed and that it was the correct area. Most of the time when I got epidurals in my neck, I only got about two or three weeks of relief. But my surgeon would ask me if I had the epidurals and what kind of relief I got from it. He told me that since I did get some relief from the epidural, that was an indication that the area was the correct area causing the problem and that the impingement was causing inflamation and presure on the nerve root thus causing me the pain, and he felt that surgery could help relieve the pain. It did too! my last ACDF ( sept 2009) they removed the disk and fused C5/6 I had the surgery in the morning and when I was back in my room in the afternoon my arm pain was completely gone. I also had anther fusion done in November of 2010 this time they fused the articular joints at C3/4 and they went thru the back of my neck and secured with rods and pins. This was an extremely painful surgery and took allot longer to heal but in the end it also did what it was suppose to do and relieved the pain in my upper neck and the lower back of my head!
I had, had a series of epidural injections over several months, before I had either one of these surgeries. The only thing I can suggest to your husband is to take it easy and be careful with what he does, with the way his neck is.
I do wish both of you well, and hope everything works out, please keep us all posted on how he is doing. Good Luck to both of you!
Moderator Chronic Pain
After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!