Newbie here. I posted in "new members" a couple of weeks ago and got some nice welcoming replies, but I hadn't talked to my surgeon yet. Today I met the neurosurgeon who will be doing a 2 level ACDF on me on August 2. I've been in pain since January and have tried all the conservative treatments so I'm quite ready for surgery. However, I was shocked that he doesn't have his patients wear hard or soft collars post-surgery and he said I might not need physical therapy. This seems so opposite from what I've read in a lot of posts here.
He said he will be doing "discectomies with allograft bone and plating." He said the plating makes a collar unnecessary. He also said many of his patients don't seem to need PT.
I think I'm thrilled to not have to wear a collar, but many of you seemed to think the collar was "comforting" if uncomfortable.
Any thoughts on whether I should ask more questions about the collar?