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Weight Gain Off Work / Status Post ACDF

NewNeckTinaNNewNeckTina Posts: 16
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:40 AM in Diet, Nutrition, Weight Loss
I am normally an active ER nurse - now off work since September, and status post ACDF 11-30-09, and stopped smoking in 11-09 as well. I feel like a slug.. I snack as I am bored and bound to the house with a cervical collar. Suggestions to reduce the weight and increase the metabolism again?

I never had to excercise before because I worked 3 - 4 tweleve hour shifts a week running around on my feet. Now I can't get into my jeans!

I know I am limited now because of the surgery - and the collar I have to wear for at least six weeks post op. I know I am off work until 3-1-09.


  • I too am a ER-RN and off work due to lumber issues. I went up 35 lbs. due to inactivity and certain meds. Walking is the best activity even if it's a treadmill. I use a recumbent bicycle and decreased portion size dramatically to lose that 35 lbs. I know it's not easy to lose weight but drink lots of water and fruit instead of juices. Good luck with what you can do. I hope you heal completely from your surgery. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    Can you get some walking in daily? After my ACDF I sat around and did nothing and was so deconditioned by the time I went back to work. The next time I had neck surgery (posterior foraminotomy) I made sure to start on my treadmill at about week 2 after surgery. I started at 5 min per day for the first week. The following week (so week 3 after ACDF) I began adding 1 minute a day to my walking. BUT, I always stopped if I felt any pain or of the meds were making me too fatigued or dizzy.
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • In 2008, before my back pain became severe, I would walk 20-25 miles weekly, and lost about 12 lbs in a month. Looked great, felt great. I hope I am able to do that again after my lumbar fusion on 11/23. Now I have lost 15 lbs since my surgery, but I have so much muscle atrophy, I feel so stiff. Hoping that will resolve soon.

    This is just a question, I'm a nurse anesthetist and wonder about how and when others are able to get back to work? Is it typical after a cervical fusion that you can go back to a labor intense job. Will you have to lift/move patients, or do you have help with those duties?

  • Lisa - that is a very good question. I am in hopes to return to the ED.. I love bedside nursing, but wonder how I will be. I have pushed through the last year - 9 months of it not properly diagnosed, so I am in hopes I will make a good recovery and come back. I hope to ski again some day too. I have heard of people doing both after such a surgery - but everyone is different.
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