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Driving after Cervical Surgery - anyone uncomfortable with the idea?

Cath111CCath111 Posts: 3,702
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi. :H

I'm 3 weeks postop for 3-lvl C4-7 ACDF w/hardware. I've been wearing a hard collar 24/7 (except for showers) and was given a soft collar at my first postop appt. last week to wear while relaxing or driving.

I haven't tried driving yet because, frankly, it just seems too darned soon! I don't really know the extent of my ROM since my NS doesn't want me turning my head very much, so in my mind, I'd be testing my ROM while driving which seems pretty scary. :SS

Anyone have driving suggestions or stories to share?

Thanks!
Cath
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  • hey

    i had my c1 c2 fused sept 9/ i started driving 8 weeks post op. i wear my brace though. i only go very short distances. i have to turn my whole body to check blind spots.

    i have about two more weeks of the brace so i will make it through. i have had no ROM exercises yet. hopefully i have some decent ROM left.

    i will let u know how i make out. dec 4 is DDAY for me.
  • Hi Cath I had ACDF 3 level on Sept 17. I am currently going for PT and while the PT does a lot of work with my right shoulder since I have a lot of issues with it after surgery, I also do some ROM type exercise. Most of what I do is very slow and turning my head left and right. Up and down are almost impossible at this point and the exercise I do for that involves almost no real motion (kind of a tuck back from a normal 90 degree (but you barely see my neck move, its more internal). I saw my doctor last week and he would NOT give me permission to drive. He said if you can't turn your head to see behind you, driving is not a good idea. That said, I do drive myself to PT because its just too much for my husband to come home 3 times a week to take me and pick me up after. However the PT is only about 1.25 miles from my house and I am very careful. I am not suggesting that anyone else drive without a medical release.
    LJ
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