All - just curious about others who have already been down this road. As my other thread noted, my recovery from ACDF c5/c6 is going pretty good. Today is only day 21 since surgery.
I was just curious about others that had this type of surgery and no neck brace. My surgeon said not needed and plate is essentially and internal cast. I definitely feel strong enough and flexible enough to do things I shouldn't - lift, brush the pool, bend my neck, etc.
Back of neck feels bruised and at night I wake up with a numb hand occasionally that goes away - but told that is normal and due to inflammation and nerve irritation from the decompressed nerves (had it bilateral radiculopathy).
--My Dr.'s instructions are no lifting excessively (no weight given)
--No overhead lifting beyond a coffee cup
--Don't crack or otherwise manipulate the neck
--If it hurts - don't do that
So...for those that that had this:
--How long until the bruise feeling stops in back of neck?
--I just had a cold and the sneezing coughing feels like it set me a back a bit...but how sensitive is the graft to movement?
--Dr. basically said nothing should move the graft except an impact / accident - so why the restrictions?
--When did your nerves fully heal / inflammation go down?
I go in Oct. 7th for my 2nd follow-up and hope the fusion is progressing...but right now I'm going a bit crazy because I feel like I can do almost anything (and a pay a price in discomfort). Know I shouldn't but even nodding, moving neck, etc. is OK right now and very hard to essentially sit on my hands. I'm not going to go outside of Dr.'s instructions but I am curious about others that have been down this road.