Hi all. I had my surgery on July 28th..it was moved up from August. I had an ACDF C5-7 with plate and 6 screws. I stayed overnight and was released from hospital the following day with a soft collar that was optional and a 5 lb weight lift limitation. I have since seen my surgeon for 2 week followup and was told the surgery was successful and all was well. I was then released! I have had 7 orthopedic surgeries in the last 6 years. Several involving bone hardware along with soft tissue repairs, debridement, etc. This is the first for my spine. I have NEVER been released this early and was actually dumbfounded to the point of being speechless! I have since developed secondary complications with an underlying auto immune condition that has required some pretty stiff intervention from my rheumatologist and additional medications to control the inflammatory problem and that's ongoing. I have not as yet communicated back with my orthopedic surgeon and will wait to review a new MRI being done today to evaluate status.
So my question for the August buddies in particular but anyone who would like to respond is just how common is it to be released from restrictions and followup by surgeon this soon? I'm trying to gauge if my response is out of bounds based on previous experience or if this is no big deal. Thanks in advance for any feedback and hope everyone is doing well following your own surgeries.