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How much can/do you move your neck after single-level ACDF?

I am one-week post ACDF. As in, at this minute one week ago I had just been wheeled into the OR. Wow this week has flown by! I am doing well, by the way.

Question for others: How much did you move your neck after single-level ACDF? My doctor gave me a soft collar just for comfort. In fact, when he came to check on me the day after my surgery and I was wearing it he told me to take it off, sayingI didn't need it. I'm afraid if I don't wear it I will move my neck too much and cause damage. I don't really know how much I should be moving it. Clearly, it's OK to move it some. Just seems odd to me knowing other docs are very strict about hard collars and mine is not. I do trust my surgeon (and I will ask him for better guidance at my follow-up on Friday). But for now, I'm wondering how much other ACDF patients were moving their neck at this point and how often you wore a soft collar if it wasn't required. When do you wear it? To sleep? To sit? To walk around?

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