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C6/C7 fusion

datavalueddatavalue Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:57 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello, I had an L4/L5 discectomy 10 years ago, which I recovered from with no major issues. Day before yesterday I had a c6/c7 fusion. I'm having lots of pain swallowing and severe stomach pain probably from no visit to loo since op but then I had problems before when I had the L4/L5 surgery - so I made sure I went before the op. I was home from hospital 24 hours after surgery. I have a surgical strip and plaster on my neck and no neck brace - I've taken a week off work and need to visit neurosurgeon in 2 weeks time. I'll let you know how it goes.


  • First let me say welcome to spine-health. Have a look around and you will find many including myself whom have had cervical fusion surgery. AS far as the swallowing issues. it all depends, as to how long it will get better. Some it is better in a day or two and others it is about two weeks. Be patient, as you don't want to rush your recovery and do anything to effect the surgery, to only have it redone.

    Going back to work in a week, maybe doable depending on the type of work you do. I have seen some do it, and while a rough go they made it. Be sure you have a good muscle relaxer to take as that seems to be the biggest issue, if you have a desk job. You might also find another week will do you good.

    To help with your endurance you can look at a walking program such as 10,000 steps. Walking is the number one thing you can do to help your overall recovery. Good luck and keep us post on how your doing. Just thought I would stop by and welcome to spine-health.
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