My dad had surgery on his neck 4 days ago and seems to be having problems recovering . I have been searching the internet all night on recovery from this kind of surgery and can't find what I'm looking for. I don't know all the details of his surgery. Hopefully someone can help with what I know.
He had a ruptured disc (C7). Before his surgery he was having really bad Upper Back pain, numbness in his arm and hand and no strength in his hand. I don't know the name of surgery he had. I do know that they took out the disc that was ruptured. They did not replace or fuse anything.
After his surgery he was supposed to be in recovery for 1 hour but it was for 2 1/2 because they could not get his pain under control. He finally got put in a room and had terrible terrible pain all night. Got sent home next morning. The pain from the ruptured is gone. He has no numbness and has strength in is hand again. Witch is great the pain I guess is from the surgery.
Its now day 4 and he is still in terrible pain and he says its getting worse. He is trying to get up and walk around the house a few times a day but he can't. The doctor did not tell him what to expect. We have also tried to contact the doctor but he did not return our call on Friday and its the weekend now so I'm sure he won't until Monday. I guess I should add that he is getting depressed too.
I know its only 4 days after surgery but the pain he is in doesn't seem normal. Can someone please let me know if this is normal. And if so how long will it last. If anyone can help me at all I would be very grateful.