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ACDF on 3 levels - How much loss of motion

Hi everyone, I am due for ACDF on 3 levels on 28th August. Can anyone tell me what sort of motion you lose (if any).

Also, does everyone have to wear a collar? If so is it hard or soft and how long do they say you need to wear it for?

Final question (for now lol) I see a lot of people mentioning sleeping in a recliner after op, why is that? Can you not prep your bed with pillows?

Many thanks in advance for any advice.



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  • VinGVVinG Posts: 56
    edited 08/12/2013 - 8:22 AM
    I had 3 level last year. However it was c3/4, c5/6/7. So, c4/5 was skipped. I did not lose any ROM, probably because they skipped a level. I am having more problems now. So, I think c4/5 and c7/t1/2 will be coming. I am interested to see answers to your question. I will be fused from c3 down to t2. i think my wife will be glad that I won't be able to watch the pretty girls walking down the street.
    - Vin

    3 level ACDF, c3/4, c5/6/7 in May 2012
  • Welcome Sandfairy,
    On June 25th I had C3 toC7 . Mine was posterior and I am in a head collar for 3months. Today is 7 weeks and I'm coming along as well as can be expected. I did sleep in recliner and I had 2 different. For me easier to get up and down. Still on couch now with lots of pillows. We still have a waterbed so for now impossible plus I don't want to disturb husband. Read the list on things you will need very helpful. My bedroom is upstairs so so I had less walking, my range of motion will be limited but I don!t how much. Good luck with surgery. Any questions just PM me and I may be of help to you. This is my first spine surgery.
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