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C5 c6 fusion after care

LyndabLLyndab Posts: 1
edited 10/20/2015 - 7:07 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi all, my husband had a cycling accident six weeks ago and broke three vertebrae in his neck. He now is due to have surgery , c5-c6 fusion in two weeks. We had his pre op appointment today.mi wanted to know how long I need to take off work to care for him after the operation but the nurse didn't know. How long should it be before my husband will be able to look after himself,? I can take time off but my company want an idea how long I will need. Thanks in advance for any advice.

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  • First off. What are your husband's limitations? I had ACDF C3-C4 in 2013 and didn't need any assistance after I came home from the hospital. I stayed 1 night in the hospital. I would suggest though, if he doesn't have a recliner then get him one. That was my mistake then, couldn't sleep in the bed as I had to wear a hard collar for 7 weeks. It isn't hard to get around just a little awkward and some getting used to.
  • Wow, so sorry to hear about his injury and wish him all the best in his recovery. I am 3 weeks and 1 day into my recovery from a 3 level fusion, (not sure how to phase this medically properly so anyone out there in the know please feel free to correct me) C4/5, C5 is now a cage, C5/6, C6/7. It is true that each person is different and he is starting it dealing with an injury so please listen to whatever his doctors say. On the front page of this there is a fantastic post "Sticky: Post-Op Must Haves" that lists so many things I never would have thought of. I use my grabber stick every day. And I did rent a recliner and LOVE LOVE LOVE it for the same reasons that prince864 stated. It's so much more comfortable. Each person is different. Preparation will be very helpful before you leave for work. For me, I have a 2 pound weight limit along with reach limits so having things in place and measured ahead of time are a great help. He might sleep a lot, I know I am. So that helps the time pass. Setting timers for medication was important for me so I stayed ahead of the pain rather that waiting for it to get unbearable, and that period seemed to pass quickly. Each person is different and it will depend on the outcome of the procedure. Communicating with his team and following their direction is so important. For me, the got me up and walking the first night. I too spent one night in only. We have walked even a little in the beginning almost ever day, but every situation is different so listen to the docs. My point with that is make sure any trip hazards in your home are up and out of the way, especially since it's hard to look down and see what's in your way and you realize when wearing the collar just how much we rely on our peripheral vision. I almost took a fall on one of my kid's unexpected shoes. That was my big scare. I wish him and your family all the best and am keeping you all in my prayers. I also asked for an extra hard collar. They need a bath too so when ready I just shower with that one, clean it in there with me and put on the new dry, wonderful smelling one. My foam bathing one didn't give enough support in my opinion and pushed right on the incision spot. If you have dogs get some gates or barriers. And I recommend small pillows, I have these half pillows that were for our patio that are slender, almost arm size, and they have been really comfortable in different positions. Straws are good with the collar. All the best to you.
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