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Cervical discectomy with fusion C5-6

patra24ppatra24 Posts: 2
edited 04/10/2015 - 11:03 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi, I had cervical discectomy w/ fusion 1/26/15, I went through my moments, recovery was not that bad, right now about 10 weeks post op, I am back to work, neck still, achy, kinks up sometimes also, but not bad, I do have to admit I push myself, being a woman, hard to slow down, but I know when I do to much, the burn in the back of my neck is insane, then I need to back off for several days. I did find this site helpful in the 1st part of recovery, seen my surgeon's office never really answered anything, all they would say is, you'll know when you've done to much,if anybody has any questions, feel free to ask, I will share my experience.


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  • Thank you for making yourself available for questions. I am scheduled for ACDF of C4/5 on April 28. Can you describe the first week or two. I am a bit nervous because I only have help for the first 12 days then I'm on my own. My surgeon said I could drive after one week but I don't know how accurate that is. Being allowed to do something and being able are two totally different things.
    How was the throat issue for you post op? Difficulty swallowing,etc... Also how long did you use pain meds post op?
    Any advice on things I may need for post op, like I purchased a foam wedge for sleeping upright. Any and all advice is highly appreciated.
    Glad to hear you are doing well and on the road to recovery.
  • I'mhaving a 5-6 aACDFon Monday and would love to know if your pain is less or more than before. Also how long you used pain meds. Was it hard to put on cclothes? Bra? Shoes?
  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 552
    Depending on whether or not you will be wearing a collar after surgery, I would suggest to have very loose tops with bigger head hole openings. Or maybe just button down shirts? I had to wear a soft collar for several weeks. As far as wearing a bra? Well, I was unable to fasten one before my surgery, so I just wore a tank top under my shirt. I still have shoulder issues, so I still don't bother wearing one unless I am getting dressed up for something. As far as putting shoes on, I always wore those slip on tennis shoes from Sketchers. They're really comfy. Of course when I was just staying home, I just wore slippers. I think I was told to wait 2 or 3 weeks before driving. I was discharged from the hospital on a Friday, so my husband was home on the weekend to help me. I was good to stay by myself when he went back to work on Monday. My daughter & daughter in law were close by if I needed them. Good luck to both of you with your upcoming surgeries! Keep us updated
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