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c6 c7 fusion op

miss grumpymmiss grumpy Posts: 107
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:45 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
hi just had decompresion and fusion at c6 c7 without a plate being fitted. my worry is i have been sent home in a soft collar. will this be enough protection does anyone know?


  • I'm glad to hear your past surgery and home now. Doesn't that feel good to be home after surgery?

    I wouldn't worry about only having a soft collar. It so varies from surgeon to surgeon - some people go home with a hard collar, some with a soft collar and some with no collar at all. I'd be terrified to have no collar, but I think for a one-level decompression, you should be fine in the soft collar.

    Trust your doctor - he or she knows what's best, so don't worry, k?

    Take care of yourself and remember to follow your restrictions. How are you feeling?
  • thank you, feeling tearful, silly eh
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  • Don't be silly. You just went through a big surgery. It's normal to feel relief that it is over and be scared about each step of recovery.

    The other thing is that most narcs can make you emotional. I know whenever I take something at night I spend at least a half hour in bed crying over the stupidest things.

    I'm sure you are glad it's over. From here on it just gets easier.
  • Howdy! Like Cath said, each surgeon is different, and too the surgeries we have a different. As for tears, let them out, they can help knock some stress out. :)

    Are you silly? Absolutely NOT! You just went through a major surgery, and your body is going through a lot of recovery and adjusting. I hope you are feeling better today and beyond!! Support *HUG*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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