Looking for someone who had cervical rods inserted to better understand the recovery process.....
I had anterior cervical surgery 11/12/13 for removal of failed hardware and failed graft C6-7. New hard ware was inserted. They also did a posterior laminectomy C3-C6 with insertion of rods on C3-7 to stabilize my spine and correct 2 collapsing vertebrae.
I developed complications and went back to surgery for posterior evacuation of a blood clot and clean out of an infection (coag negative staff). Went home with a PICC line for 6 weeks of IV antibiotic therapy which is now completed.
My neck is very stiff and my head is heavy. Although I have no acute pain and only occasional numbness in hands, I find it difficult to stay up more than 3 hours without resting my head and taking the weight off my shoulders. I have discomfort when bending over/down and when lifting more than 8-10 lbs although 15 is the limit. I am walking every day and start physical therapy next week.
I am wondering if anyone can share their recovery experience so I can set my expectations. I am supposed to go back to my full time job in 2 weeks and am starting to worry I will not be able to.