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Actual time of ACDF, single & double fusion, pleasse

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:33 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi everyone -

I am scheduled for the 29th, which is 2 weeks away (my nerves are starting to act up) needless to say I have 4 children all of whom will be at their championship swim meet while I am having surgery.

I am scheduled for 7am, thank goodness, but I have searched and searched and i can not find the actual time it takes to do the surgery. As of right now, I am just ACDF on C4/C5 with cadaver bone. However, it is possible my dr may have to do a two level fusion.

Time really does not matter to me, but I am just looking for some sort of guideline that I can tell my family. I will be driving myself to the hosp, my preferance really my children need to have their daddy home to calm them too.

my precert is next week, and i will be measured at that time too for both braces, just in case my surgery becomes more involved than just single ACDF.

thank you !


  • Hi swim-mom.

    My surgery was scheduled for 8:00am. We arrived at 7:00am, surgery began at 8:00am, it was done at 11:30am, woke up in my room sometime in early afternoon, and was released from the hospital at Noon the next day.

    So, my surgery, for a 3-lvl, was 3-1/2 hours - not too bad, really.

    I'm sorry you have to drive yourself to the hospital - I was so nervous that I don't think I could've. As it turned out, the anticipation of the surgery was much worse than the surgery itself - I know that doesn't help, but you'll probably say the same thing after it's over.

    Because I was nervous leading up to the surgery, my surgeon prescribed some Xanax for me which really helped. Don't be afraid to ask yours for something if your feeling too shaky. I think they're used to it.

    Take care and feel free to PM me if you have questions or just want to talk.
  • I also had a 3 level ACDF and I went into surgery at 11AM and was done by 3PM - so 4 hours. I was out of the hospital next day by noon. I agree with Cath the anticipation was worse than the surgery itself. I made out fine you will be fine...

    Good Luck!!
  • When I had my fusion it was C4 to C6 and I was awake and in my room by 1130 am. I went in at 6am and was in operating room by 7am. It takes them time to prep you for surgery too. They also take xrays. My sister had a single level done and it took 2 hours after they prepared her. She went home same day. I had to stay over night for the 2 level because they have to put a drain tube in incision. That comes out next day. So I would give the family about a 4 hour window of time for the surgery. The surgeon will want to talk to your husband after the operation because what he says you wouldn't remember.
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
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