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Not required to wear a collar post-surgery-will i sleep better?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
my doc doesn't require a collar at all. i'm getting fusion double....w/plates...

all of complain about sleeping with that collar. yikes. that must stink. anyway, do you think i'll be able to sleep ok then without it? anyone not have to wear one?


  • to wear a collar 24/7 only taking it off to shower and then I have to hold my neck still, while my husband washes it,,,,,I guess I have gotten used to it, because I can sleep with it, I am still in a ton of pain and am taking percocet, oxy and a muscle relaxer.... I started walking today but I must say I feel sooooooooooo tired and I only walked for 15 mins..... and I feel like an idiot with this collar on while Im walking.,,,,,I did not have to wear a collar with my first surgury which was a front fusion of 3 levels.... Cyndi
  • I had to wear a soft collar in 93 with my ACDF, and I have to wear a collar now with my posterior foraminotomies (although I really don't know why since there was no fusion). You get used to it, but I don't particularly like it.

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  • Hi,
    Originally my neurosurgeon told me to wear the soft collar for a few days and then for comfort as needed. The physician assistant asked me to wear the soft collar until I went in for my 10 day post op visit. I wasn't required to sleep with it on, but I did wear it while sleeping for the first week.

    Since my surgery I prefer to sleep on my back without a pillow. I have had no problem sleeping with or without the collar.

    What level is your surgery and do you have a date set yet?
    Keep us posted.
    Best wishes, Brenda
  • Hey, my NS said I wouldn't have to wear a collar either. I'm having my surgery this Fri. and it will be level one on C4/5 fusion with the artifical bone and metal plate. So I hope I will be able to keep my neck still without one, and be able to sleep too. I'm going to try to sleep in bed with pillows I got going on to be like a wedge type. If not I will be out in the recliner.
  • some dr's are getting away from collars if the situation allows so that the muscles don't atrophy. I would ask your doctor.
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  • I am 9 weeks post op from a c6-7 fusion with autograft. My surgeon said I only needed to wear a soft collar when driving. I have had no trouble sleeping without the collar.
  • I had a C5-6 discectomy, cadaver bone, and fusion with titanium plate. I never wore a collar at all. I had one of the (reputed) best neurosurgeons in the area. Many years past I wore a soft collar for whiplash, and hated it. I was so glad not to have to wear one after my surgery. I slept in bed propped on pillows just fine. No recliner sleeping for me. That last few inches laying down, and first few getting back up hurt the worse, but not anything I couldn't handle. Good luck on your surgery.

  • I only have to wear my collar for comfort, I choose to wear it on walks or when I am in the car. I slept on my recliner for a week and half when I first came home. It was just best for me because if I laid flat it felt like I was choking. I also was moving around too much in bed and waking up too much and I did not want to bug my husbands sleep. I had a level 1 c5 and c6 with a cage no bone graph. I wear a bone stimulator to help with the growth of the bone. I was afraid at first about not wearing the collar when I came home and when I talked to my nurse she said I was not going to hurt myself or my neck it was not going anywhere. Tree weeks post op and getting better everyday.
  • great info!

    DRIVING-when could u drive post op?

    MAGGIE; did your leg weakness get better? did you have pain between your shoulder blades?
    who was your doctor?

    my doc won best doctor 8 years in a row. i don't know if the magazines mean anything.
  • Since I had used my own bone for fusion I had incisional & hip pain where the bone graft was taken,so I couldn't drive for 6 weeks after surgery.
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