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neck surgery

smithrollssmithroll Posts: 1
edited 06/01/2015 - 9:59 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am scheduled to have neck surgery on July 2. # 2 and # 3 simple fusion; a bit more required at # 5. I am a high school English teacher. I need to be able to return to school one month from the surgery (almost at the 5 week mark but not quite). I realize this will mean returning to school with a brace, but I am praying to be able to return at this time. Does anyone have any experience with returning to a low-physical movement job this soon? Any other comments or suggestions?


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  • Jethro71JJethro71 Posts: 10
    edited 06/01/2015 - 1:50 PM
    Hello Smithroll,

    I don't have any info or advice but I certainly do understand your situation. Prayers sent for speedy recovery.

  • and should discuss the idea of returning to teaching so soon. Fusion surgery recovery is a bit different than surgeries such as a discetomy and the recovery process can take longer, and you will probably be restricted from driving for at least the amount of time you are in the acute post op phase. Once you are out the collar, it can take some time to recover the muscle strength and physical therapy takes a but of time to work to regain that strength.

  • I had what is likely considered a simple discectomy with C6-7 fusion almost 3 weeks ago for a painful left arm c7 radiculopathy. This Wednesday will be 3 weeks. I could not drive for 2 weeks , never had to wear a collar , wore soft one for very long drive I took 10 days post op( had to go to a wedding) I payed for that with neck and back spasms afterwards. I am feeling great now. All of my left arm pain is gone. My neck ROM is still slightly limited especially when I extend it but I feel comfortable and safe when driving. I still have a 15 # lifting precautions so returning to my work as a PT will take longer. I work in a nursing home where lifting is required. I stopped taking my pain meds yesterday . I feel very blessed with my recovery so far. Everyone's surgery is different and individualized. The first few days you will be very sore and ,may need to eat soft foods, shakes, smoothies. I was eating a normal diet by day 3. Take your pain meds and try to stay ahead of the pain. Wishing you a speedy recovery Smithroll. Will keep you in my prayers.
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