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Posterior Cervical Fusion Surgery

Vismund BVVismund B Posts: 1
edited 10/22/2013 - 12:16 PM in Recovering from Surgery

First of all, great forums here. I tried searching for this particular question but could not find much unfortunately.

My girlfriend is scheduled to have cervical fusion surgery (posterior, autograft, C4 & C5) in a few weeks. I want to help make her recovery as easy as possible for her.

I was hoping to get some suggestions from people who have been there. What are some things that you wish you knew beforehand? What were some of the unexpected challenges you faced? Was there something that people kept doing meaning to be helpful but were making things worse/being annoying? Things all the medical guides don't tell you.

I know this may be a difficult question as everyone's recovery/experience will differ; I just really want to make this as good as possible for her.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this.



  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805
    edited 10/22/2013 - 4:04 PM
    The best thing you can do is be at as many appointments as you can providing that extra set of ears for your girlfriend. So much will be going through her mind that there is no way possible she will be able to absorb everything that will be discussed.

    Just make sure she follows the doctors advice, don't over do anything even though she feels great, and don't get behind in taking the pain meds prescribed. My first go-round I thought I could push harder, go further, since I was feeling so good. I paid the price with a short but painful setback. That episode stuck with me through many surgeries that followed and I won't make that mistake ever again.
    As far as annoying me, I can honestly say that most people are trying to be of help so anything that ticked me off was probably my own fault as there are times we have a "bad day" or a moment that we get down. It's not all easy but it could always be worse.
    Best of luck to both of you and stay in touch with us here throughout your journey.
  • Ranger. - I already feel like doing to much physical therapist. Is kicking my butt.. I do not want any setbacks. I am feeling different pain. I had the PCDF 4 level and still taking muscle relaxers and 4 to 6 norco 10/325 daily

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  • bevnice343bevnice343 Posts: 2
    edited 11/11/2013 - 7:55 PM
    I felt like a EDIT mineral bath helped me out a lot once full recovery was done. There was nothing more soothing and calming than soaking in a bath that was going to make me feel better afterwards!

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