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jbozemanjjbozeman Posts: 1
edited 06/06/2015 - 4:50 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
So glad I found this site. My friend just had neck surgery today. Another friend will bring her home Monday and stay through Thursday and I'll come to care for her Thursday/Friday (I live about 40 min away.) So when I see her, she will be about 6 days post-surgery. Got notification that all went well in surgery. She's expecting to wear a hard collar for two weeks, then a soft collar for the remaining 4 weeks. She is 53, single, no family to care for.

I'm a new RN myself and understand each pt will have their own outcome. But "typically," what should I expect her to be able to do or not do? I'm prepared to do whatever she needs, but I won't be able to talk to a physician or anything, just the friend that will be there the few days before me.

I'm concerned that when I leave Friday night, she has no care lined up for Sat/Sun. I must be home for family business on the weekend. Is it reasonable to believe she can tend to herself 8 days post op? There are more local friends that can maybe pop by. I'm just unclear if one is to stay in bed or encouraged to move delicately?

I would appreciate any insight that all of your wisdom can bring! Thank you so much and thank you for this forum!

helping to care for friend after
neck surgery
also has Myasthenia Gravis


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    Many of your questions need to be answered from the surgeon.
    Such as, is it to be expected she can function on her own during the Sat. and Sun you are not available.?
    Will she be able to prepare own meals? How much range of motion will be allowed? Ex ....to looking down to even open can of soup and get it into microwave by herself.

    When you think about the activities of daily living, you will probably come up with more questions for doctor.

    Hopefully, there will be clear discharge instructions from hospital.
    Good for your friend to also have doc's phone number available for any concerns that come up.

    I understand you are not acting in your professional capacity, but with your friend giving permission over the phone, they may speak with you.
    Or your friend can call and have it on speaker so between the two of you, all questions will be asked and answered to your satisfaction.

    On this site, there is __ search__ upper right on page. You can type in any concerns you have and you may be led to older posts, article , videos that may be helpful.

    There is also older post called__ post op must haves__ . That may be helpful to you.

    Others who have more personal experience may come by and share how they were and in general what to expect.

    When in doubt, never hesitate to call doctor, with questions or clarifications.
    He does not want his good work to be adversely effected any more than you do. :)
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