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Disc replacement surgery scheduled, but....

I am scheduled to have disc replacement surgery on my neck (c5/c6) on February 7th. I start school this Wednesday, January 23rd. I was told by my doctor that I should not miss any classes. Seems a little too good to be true, but I wanted to find out for sure. I have classes Monday and Wednesday afternoons only. My first day of class would be 4 days post op. Does this really seem doable? I am not sure if I should drop this semester and start my classes again over the summer. HELP ME PLEASE!! What do I do?
Stephanie Gonzalez


  • alexhurtingaalexhurting Posts: 1,991
    edited 01/21/2013 - 12:07 PM
    Hold the doctor to his word ! If all goes as planed then its posible maybe ! If you cant go to class because complications then kick the dr in the nuts tell him its all his fault,

    Good luck,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • Hi Noni79, wow your surgeon is really optimistic. I have not had cervical surgeries but thoracic and lumbar aplenty :) I tried to start my semester 3 weeks after a lumbar lamenctomy but there was no way I could. If it would not be too late to drop the classes 4 days after surgery than maybe wait. If you are not able to go back that soon will your school refund after classes start. Mine would give me 75% back but since I dropped before they started I got it all. I will be thinking of you and hope you do well during your surgery.

  • ouch2oouch2 Posts: 1,270
    edited 01/22/2013 - 2:07 PM
    Welcome to spine health. I also have not had cervical surgery, and have heard that recovery can be very different from lumbar, but this does sound very optimistic of your doctor.

    Like Kelli has said, see what your options are regarding school and refunds if at the time you are not able to get to class. Does your school offer any online classes, or other ways to see the lectures while you are recovering?

    Everyone recovers differently. I know for myself, when I had a lumbar artificial disc put in, I was still in the hospital 4 days post op, and besides the ride home, didn't travel by car for six weeks.

    Wishing you all the best leading up to and after surgery. What disc are you having put in? Look forward to hearing how you make out.
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
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