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Cervical discectomy with fusion

babsbb123bbabsbb123 Posts: 1
edited 11/23/2013 - 4:32 PM in New Member Introductions
I just had an ACDF on November 14. I can take the Aspen collar off for meals, showers and Dr. Said for sleeping which surprised me-- it doesn't seem like a good idea , but I do not change positions at all while sleeping due to a very good mattress which relieves pressure on joints. What kind of pillow do some of you use? Mine is a softer type so my neck doesn't get out of alignment hopefully. Also wonder if I could damage the surgery as I have bent over a few times but didn't bend my neck I don't think as my collar was on . Thanks for any input. I had surgery with fusion on C3-C6. Also-how successfully was your neck surgery in relieving the symptoms you had before--numbness, tingling in hands ,fingers, arms,heaviness in arms and legs and balance problems is what I was having.


  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805
    edited 11/23/2013 - 4:56 PM
    hi babsbb123,
    I had a discectomy, corpectomy, with a 360 degree fusion of C4 thru C7 back in 2007. I also had the collar and could remove it similar to you but had it on during sleep in the beginning. I didn't use a pillow and still do not to this day. I don't think bending over will damage you neck fusion, some people don't even get a collar post-op depending on the surgeon. I have permanent tingling/numbness in my left hand due to waiting to long before my surgery. I didn't wait intentionally, it's a long story as to why.
    But I did get my balance back right away and the kyphosis in my neck was repaired also.
    Now due to adjacent joint degeneration I am scheduled for two to three levels being fused below and two levels above the previous fusion this spring.
    Good luck to you and hope all goes well for you.
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