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c6 c7 fusion should i be in a hard collar

miss grumpymmiss grumpy Posts: 107
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:45 AM in Spinal Stenosis
hievery one. :) had a decompresion and fusion yesterday,at c6 c7 without a plate, i thought i should be wearing a hard collar but they sent me off with a soft one will this be enough protection? im very scared.


  • MetalneckMetalneck Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,364
    Please call your surgeons office and speak with a nurse ... have her ask the doctor and document the phone call in your chart.

    Did they give you post-surgical instructions that specifically stated to wear a soft collar??

    When in doubt ... ask YOUR healthcare provider directly.

    Good Recovery!! Take it EASY,

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  • HI

    The collar depends on what the surgery is done for to begin with. For the most part the hardware is going to hold you with not to many problems. Also keep in mind the longer your in a collar the longer the recovery is because the muscles get used to it. I would speculate your surgeon knew he placed you in a soft collar. There are many one levels who come through with no collar at all. I would speculate that on your post op visit he will begin weaning you from the collar. Most people I see using a hard collar have a stability issue and they want no movement at all. But always when in doubt call your surgeons office.
  • thank you , i ll call them tomorrow :)
  • I agree that a call to your surgeon might make you feel better, but whether you wear a collar and which one it is varies from surgeon to surgeon. Some come home with a hard collar, some a soft collar and some no collar at all.

    I think with a one-level fusion, you should be fine with a soft collar - trust that your doctor is doing the best for you. Like Tam said, if you're doc thinks you're cervical spine is stable, then he's doing a good thing by letting your muscles keep moving so as not to have too much of a difficult time later.

    Take care and keep up on those restrictions.

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