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CarolK1962CCarolK1962 Posts: 1
edited 11/08/2015 - 10:43 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am having C 3-4, C 4-5, C 5-6 ACDF surgery on Dec 14th. I am a very active 53. I do kick boxing, zumba, weight training, walking and I am a belly dancer. I can not imagine not being able to work out? How long before I will be back to form? How much mobility can I expect? How do I deal with a collar for two months? ANY information is appreciated.


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  • I am so sorry that you are facing this very challenging surgery. 6 weeks ago I had a C4-7 add with instrumentation, no hard collar and a soft collar mostly for riding in the car. I turned 55 two weeks after my surgery. I was also active....yoga, slow burn, hiking, boating, fishing, RV'ing. I retired one week after my birthday (my husband is older than I am and has been retired almost 2 years) and we had so many plans for after I retired...which are on hold now until I heal. My doctor says I will be able to do anything when I heal but I am so intent on protecting the levels above and below my fusion that there are many things I will willingly give up in order to avoid more surgery. Yoga and hiking will be good for me so those stay! Weights I will probably tone down on but not cut out completely. Did you ask your Surgeon which of your activities will be safe after you have healed? Your doc knows best about that!

    The most important thing is to follow your docs instructions and timetable for activity increase and do not overdo or do too soon. This causes pain and setbacks for most of us. I found the first 3 weeks of recovery to be the biggest challenge and I mostly rested and took a walk a day. As I got to the 4th week I started to feel "alive" again, fewer aches and pains, more energy, slept better. I have learned my limits and how not to overdo. Your recovery will go faster than it seems like it will to you now.

    I fully expect to not be 100% for 6 to 12 months. This is major surgery and it takes time to heal. I had full mobility of my neck very soon after surgery but everyone is different and this can take time and PT also. I hope someone who had a hard collar can share their experience with you. But collar or no collar it seems that many of us were most comfortable in a recliner in the days and weeks right after surgery...and/or with a wedge pillow in bed.
  • Hi CarolK,
    I had mine on Oct 12. Like everything, I can assure you the fear or anticipation of the unknown was worse than the actual surgery. At least it was for me on this surgery and it also was for me when I had my rotator cuff and labrum tears repaired.

    I, like Lorijo3 had c45 56 67 fput together with plates and screws and cadaver bone. At 4 weeks, I am pretty comfy( last 2 days have not taken any vicodin at night, and noticed I have gotten away with just a mild muscle relaxer one a day. Am walking at least 1 hr a day, and did two hours yesterday. It has been insanely warm in Ct and so great to be outside.

    When your recovery starts, try to focus on not overdoing g anything, in terms of lifting a weight limit imposed, and be patient, because like Lorijo, at 4 weeks, I do feel like myself too. Also suggest, not trying to be heroic and cut the pain meds and muscle relaxants too soon on your own. Take them as needed, and don't try to see what it's like to try to go with just tylenol too soon. I did that and resulted in naseua and spasms and increased pain, in the back of my neck. The back of the neck for me was the last of the discomforts to resolve.

    Weird, my purse is way less than 10lbs, but I cannot carry it while at the grocery store, or my neck hurts on the back right side.. Not to worried though.

    Best of luck to you. I will certainly post when I go back to some of my working out activities. Probably going to just go to the gym and do elipticalor stairs without using the arms part and doing 2 lb weights for things like traps and biceps. Sounds pretty lame for a former college athlete in division 1, but that's my short term workout goal. I have been just improving my flexibility with floor stretching and moving my head, which is easier while laying on the floor. I am not driving a car yet at 4 weeks out. Just not enough range of motion to the right(yet, I hope). First trip is to the gym though. I hope I have not scared you, really, it's not as bad a recovery as I thought, and so far just disappointed with my range of motion at 4 weeks.
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