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Slipped on steps 6 days after ACFD


I'm new to the forum. I'm 6 days post-op for a 3 level anterior cervical fusion. Basically, I'm scared if anything jarring happens to me that I will do something that will harm the recovery or cause tears somewhere in my neck that could lead to infection. My kids have jarred me a few times just being kids and we almost got side-swiped on the way to the doctor 2 days ago. My husband had to slam the brakes and swerve. Today, I was holding on the stairs for dear life and going one at a time but I slipped on one and grabbed hard on the rail to steady myself. I felt some muscle pain in my upper right back right after and then some throbbing in that spot for an hour after. It's gone now.

I'm just scared that all of these things could do real damage. Hopefully I'm just new to this and overly nervous. But I don't know how fragile the surgery is.



  • Call your surgical nurse in the morning and discuss it with her/him. Fusions are pretty durable, thus one reason they require hard ware. However, they can still be damaged and you are early in your healing.

    Best of luck with your recovery!
    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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