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8 weeks postop checkup

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Just wanted to share the news with everyone. This morning I went for my 8 week postop checkup on my 2-level ACDF and got the good news that everything is healing on schedule, starting to fuse and lifted most all of the restrictions! Best of all, no more collars of any kind. I do have to wait on going back to running or outdoor cycling for another three months when he rechecks and x-rays me again, but I'll have to just live with that. As for PT, he told me none required, that I can go back to the gym and start lifting weights and exercising like normal, just no impact, and that should start to strengthen the arm and shoulder muscles just fine. And honestly, I think that's what causes me that heavy feeling sometimes is just the weakened muscles back there. They've almost been in hibernation for all these weeks.

He also released me to go back to work, no problem there. I work out of my home, as I'm a freelance court reporter, so I'm able to schedule work as I want anyway, but it sure will be nice to begin to get back to my normal schedule, see familiar attorneys that I'm used to seeing, etc.

As always, thanks for the shared support here. And if there's anyone I can help, please give a shout. Y'all are great.



  • Congratulations hun!!!!! :)
  • Excellent that you are doing so well.

    I can't wait for my 9 week check up. I did call the doctor's office today, I can get rid of my collar next week unless I'm driving. #o #o But that will only be for 3 weeks.
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  • I just had my 10-week post op check up... I am going back to work on September 3rd, but my neuro said he would see me again in six-months.

    I've noticed I'm a little soar now that I move my neck more, just drove this past weekend, but I noticed turning my head made me a little soar, but no big deal. Again, those muscles haven't been used, and I haven't really turned my neck in about a year because it always hurt.

    Same thing here, no PT... My neuro said the stiffness in my neck would get better by three-months after surgery - We are just about the same time length, keep us posted, kind of like to know what you experience.

    Best of luck, and keep on healing and feeling better!!!
  • Jeff and Jersey, we're all very close in time from our surgery. Glad to hear y'all are recovering well too. Isn't it great when we get to ditch those collars?

    Jersey, I still have some soreness and still that tightness when I work long hours but am hopeful that will go away soon. I'm still taking my Flexeril on days I know I'm going to be working long hours at the computer, just kind of a safeguard.

    I'm now having a problem with both my thumbs, fearful it may be some early arthritis but am getting that checked out by a hand specialist in the next couple weeks.

    Y'all take care and let's do stay in touch with each other.

    I'm still overall very pleased with having had the surgery.

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