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Any RNs had an acdf?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,082
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi there,

I am new to the board and have been reading so many helpful posts. I do have a quick question though:

I am a Registered Nurse and need to have a acdf due to a recent MVA. How long was your recovery time? I KNOW everyone is different, but any ideas when the MD might okay lifting up to 50 lbs?



  • I am an RN. I had lumbar fusions so I don't have an answer but hopefully someone around here has some good info. for you. Good Luck and keep us posted.
  • I am not an RN..a special ed teacher. I need to lift students on regular basis. I am 8 weeks post-op Anterior Cervical discetomy with hardware and fusion. My doctor just told me I now have a 15-20 lb limit. I am not working now. It is hard to say, since everyone does progress differently.
    At Pt today, I "tested" 15 lb ball and nearly fell over! I am using three pound weights now!

    Can your job give you light duty so you can return without lifting?
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  • Hi, I am an RN, but I had Lumbar Fusion 8 weeks ago. My doc has removed my weight restrictions as of Monday. Plan back to work at 12 weeks. Good-luck, Sue
  • dbullwinkel said:

    Can your job give you light duty so you can return without lifting?
    Thank you for the replies. I probably will not be able to get light duty. I was in a MVA accident on my third day of employment at a new Nursing position. I do not even know if I will have a job when I can retunr to work.

    Talk about bad luck.

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