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Upcoming cervical surgery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:26 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello Everyone,
My name is Courtney and my husband Joseph is the one in pain. He has a hernianted disc at the C5 level. He's been in severe pain for the last year and a half after being injured. He is scheduled for surgery on Dec 24. He's scheduled to have a single level cervical disc replacement. I just spent the last couple of hours reading through some of the information you all have posted. I thought that some of you might have some valuable information to share regarding this particular surgery (particularly pre-op suggestions-things to discuss and verify with the surgeon as well as post-op recovery information). Thank you!!


  • I haven't been through it yet, but best wishes. Your husband is lucky to have you looking out and supporting him. Have soft food for when he comes home. I am new to this as well, but welcome to you too!
  • I went through a 2 level fusion c5-6 and c6-7 in March 08. I agree with Ell that your husband is lucky to have such a supportive wife. I don't know what I would have done without the loving support of my husband. Recovery is a very slow process. But I have heard it is different for everyone. One level fusion is supposed to be a little easier to recover from.
    My neurosurgeon did not require me to wear a neck brace after surgery and I don't know if that was such a good idea. I have several issues from the surgery one of which is a right damage vocal cord. I can only whisper since the surgery. I saw an ent and he verified the vocal cord is paralysed. Don't let this scare you as there is only a 1% chance of this. I don't have the best of luck.
    I am new to the forum as of today but have found a world of information here.
    Lots of jello, ice cream, mashed potato and anything soft.
    Questions for surgeon pre-op:
    Will he have a collar after surgery?
    I would ask what kind of pain medication will be given post-op?
    Keeping pain under control is important so your husband can rest. Rest helps in recovery!
    If you have any questions after his surgery please let me know. I will try to help or at least be supportive. Sometimes I think surgery is hardest on the spouse. Good Luck to you and your husband. Keep us updated on his progress.
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  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. your husband is so fortunate to have you by his side. check out the "Back and Neck surgery" forum for some good info on post surgical needs. he will need you more than ever then. :X good luck as you move through this difficult time. please keep us posted. Jenny :)
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