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acdf july 17 to stay over night or not

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am have an acdf C5-6 and C6-7 on July 17. I will be having a Tm-100 implant disc with plate and screws. Not a bone graft but not a ADR. I have the option to stay over night at hospital or go home after surgery/recovery that day if feeling good. Just not sure if going home that day is good idea since I believe most problems would happen within hours after surgery. The hospital is about a 30 minute drive one way. I also will not be required to wear any type of collar after surgery or recovery due to the type of implant and plates used. Any thoughts about to stay over night or not would be appreciated. Thank you, Maryann


  • Get taken care of all you can before having to go home and deal with things on your own, I'm not really familiar with what your having done, but I have had enuff inpatient and outpatient surgeries to know that stying even 1 night and getting taken cared of and getting some real rest is so helpful, I wish you the best~

  • would be my vote, especially since you have a 30 minute drive to the hospital. YOu will go through a lot of changes in symptoms those first few hours, and it is reassuring to have medical professionals there to calm your nerves and help you. It blows me away that surgeons would send patients home the same day, but I suppose it is part of the insurance game.

    Good luck with your surgery. I have never heard of this type of implant. Is it still considered a fusion?
    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
  • Thanks so much for responding. I was thinking the same thing but don't want to sound like a baby for wanting to stay over night. I just know me and know I will get home and not complain about anything even if it is killing me literally. I might make the mistake of thinking everything is normal when it may not be. My husband is a RN which helps but he knows me well enough to know he would have to drag me back to the hospital if something was wrong. The surgery I'm having is a normal two level acdf just with a porous tantalum plate being used as the bone instead of my bone. The NS will take some of my bone marrow and place in plate to create the fusion faster. Very successful in the area I live in from what I here. Thanks again for your imput. Maryann
  • I vote to stay overnight. It takes some time to get your pain control figured out. If you have limited help at home or children it is esp. important. If your insurance will allow it take the time, you have many weeks to recoup at home. Hope everything goes well.
    Severe DDD. Klippel Feil Deformity. Cervical Foraminatomy that turned into Lamy. I have tried so many treatments, therapy's and medications.
  • I agree with the insurance thing although I have great insurance so that surprises me. Yes, it is a fusion. Just different and anyone I have asked on this forum has never heard of it either. I have one of the best NS in this area and now only uses this device as she dislikes using a patient's own bone as the rate of complications for life at the hip site are high. She also explained the rate of a cadavor bone to fuse is less. No collar made me happy also. Thanks again for responding. This forum helps as I am frankly freaking out a little about the whole thing. Maryann
  • It is so nice to hear everyone thinking the way I was thinking which was to stay overnight. My insurance will cover whatever the NS says I need. I am hoping to be back to work in 8 weeks which is what my NS says I can do if all goes well. She said I will have full range of motion except probably won't be painting any ceilings again. LOL. No great loss there I hate to paint. Thanks again for your well wishes, Maryann
  • I had the same cervical fusion surgery as you in 2007. DEFINITELY stay overnight, OK?
  • I had a 4 day stay and they wanted to keep me 5 anything with the spine is so serious and you really want to have specialist around who know what to look for in those so important 24 hours~ good luck hun~

  • Have you had the same surgery with the TM-100 implant device? If you have, your the first I have met on this forum. Please let me know all what I can expect after the surgery. I would love to chat with you about it. I hope all went well for you. I keep thinking I'm going to be running around in a week or two doing my normal stuff except working. I might be totally wrong here. How much help do you really need and for how long? Thank you, Maryann
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