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Cervical Spinal Fusion

casatobiasccasatobias Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:50 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Greetings everyone. Two days ago I had Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion at C5-C6. I stayed overnight in the hospital one night and then was released before noon yesterday to go home. I was given Vicodin to help manage the pain at home. While in the hospital, I had a pain button that I could press up to every 10 minutes, which was very helpful... missing that right now, hopefully the Vicodin will keep the pain at bay in these early stages. How long did other folks have surgery site pain after ACDF surgery?



  • Welcome to Spine-Health. You can find a lot of articles and videos related to ACDF surgery and the members of the forum are very helpful, knowledgeable and supportive.

    Wow, two days out. You have a ways to go and I suggest that you measure your progress in weeks, not days. If I remember correctly, I was feeling better about two months out and ready to go to work part-time after about 10 weeks. Because yours was a one-level and mine was a three-level, you might find that you'll feel better a little quicker, but it was still major spine surgery and takes time to get better.

    Your best chances for the fastest recovery is to stick to all your restrictions and take your meds as scheduled for at least the first few weeks. You want to make sure to stay ahead of the pain because if it gets ahead of you, it's hard to get it back under control.

    For me, at least, the incision healed very quickly and the itching was the worst. My incision is about 3 inches and is vertical on the left side of my neck and is no longer noticable. I was told by my surgeon after my first post-op meeting, to put my fingers on the incision whenever I think about it, and rotate the skin to keep the scar tissue from adhering to anything in your neck.

    So that's about all I've got for you. Feel free to PM me if I can help you in any way. We're a good family here and I'm glad you found us.

    Take care of yourself,
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