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post op advice

Hi new here, i had my op on 14th Feb, after nearly a year of constant agony and numb fingers on the left i had a " C6/7 Anterior Cevical Discectomy and Fusion, the result was instant pain free apart fron incision at the front of my neck and throat area, nealry 3 weeks on and feelin good, throat still bit sore and index finger on left had still numb but feels "different", the bak of my neck feels a bit tender at times and sore/stiff in the mornings, still bit wary about how much movement i should be doing? im not sure what the surgeon replaces the disc with he said a cage but not sure what that means, is it metal plastic or what?? would love to get back into the gym but havent been given advice on this or how long till the neck is completely fused with cage?? was told 6-8 weeks recovery but nothing about returning to work as support worker?? i am 46 and so far feels great..


  • I'm sure the doctor wil discuss going back to work and possibly the gym at your next follow up, but I CERTAINLLY wouldn't do either without discussing it with him first. The cage is most likely titanium. I know one of the "man made" pieces in my back is made of peek. So you might have both, or one or the other. Just keep a list of questions you want to ask your doctor at your next visit so you don't forget. Also, fusions take anywhere from 6-18 months (or longer/shorter) depending on the person. Sometimes surgeons can kind of see the start of this on x-rays, but normally do CT scans at various intervals where they can tell for sure how much fusion is taken place. I'd imagine the 6-8 week recovery was the "predicted" time it would take before you could slowly return to a more normal life... again... another question to write down. Good luck!
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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