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Post Surgery Hospital Stay

Joe241JJoe241 Posts: 185
edited 07/02/2012 - 10:03 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi all, I was told I would be in hospital overnight after my surgery ACDF C5-6, I have 4 cervical disc herniations with severe DDD, DJD bone spurs and others. My neuro is only fusing one level at this time, I received phone call from neuro office and the nurse said my hospital stay would be 2-3 days or more because everyone is different. I have asthma and other respiratory ailments but the neuro knew that on my first visit when I was told by him and the nurse my stay would only be overnight. I would like to know if this happened to anyone else, I know Vin had a long stay but for other reasons. I am a little confused because the neuro and his nurse first told me only one night stay in hospital but are now saying 2-3 days. Thanks all and God Bless, Joe
ACDF C5-6 July 10, 2012 with plate and screws.


  • Lili_InuLLili_Inu Posts: 633
    edited 07/02/2012 - 1:52 PM
    I think the surgeon wants to be on the conservative side and tell you the stay will be longer. Perhaps they may end up letting you go earlier. When again is your surgery? I wanted to wish you a successful surgery and recovery. Know that recovery can be a rough ride, but don't let it get you down. I am so glad I had my surgery and I wish that your symptoms will get better afterwards. Best wishes to you!!!
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
  • Hi Lili, thanks for taking the time to reply and for your kind words while my mother was sick. My surgery is July 10th, when I spoke with the nurse today and mentioned that I was told one night she almost seemed surprised. I guess with all of the patients they see it's difficult to remember one conversation. Joe
    ACDF C5-6 July 10, 2012 with plate and screws.
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  • That was what a RA doctor once told me. Sometimes I find that when I go and visit my doctor, they don't remember what my condition is and I have to forgive them because they see so many of us in one day. If I remember, your surgeon is very experienced and will take good care of you. Rest assured that you will do well and trust your surgeon's abilities. The rest is insignificant. You always have a friend to lean on! ;)
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
  • i think i got differing numbers of days in the hospital for my acdf. i know i got varying numbers for my plif (which was a week ago.)

    i can say as of the actual surgery, i was told overnight in the hospital. but i was also told i would spend the entire night in recovery to be monitored. in the end, i stayed overnight 2 nights after the surgery due to complications from anesthesia.

    if i were you, i would hope for overnight, but be prepared for an extra day or two. alot of it depends on how you feel afterwards, how quickly you bounce back from the anesthesia, etc.

    but it is possible to go home after one night. i think age also factors into alot of this.

    good luck with the surgery.
    Microdisectomy / hemi-laminectomy 6/2010 and revision 10/2010
    Cervical fusion C4-5 and C5-6 9/2011
    Lumbar Fusion L5-S1 6/2012
  • I had a 1 level acdf and was told I would be in the hospital 1-2 nights. In preop the surgeon said I could go home that day. I basicly freaked out because its a far car ride and he said ok one night should be good. That was enough.
    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
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  • islandstylistislandstylist Posts: 341
    edited 07/03/2012 - 3:51 AM
    I am having 1 level as well and we are around the same age and I was told 1 night stay. You will be in my thoughts and prayers July 10th.

    Missy, 1 level ACDF 
    Degenerative Disc Disease.
    Chronic Pain.
  • i had my op on c5/6/7 about 6 weeks ago, i was told i would be in hosp for at least 5 days,

    i am diabetic as well. i went in the night before to monitor my blood sugar, was told i would be in high care ward for two nights then back to spine ward.

    i had the op and was on my way home the very next day, didnt even get to a spine ward! (mind i think the hosp was short of beds but i was pleased to recover at home).

    everyone is different, but i did have someone at home to help me otherwise they wouldnt have discharged me....

    good luck, go with the flo and look forward to this time being history! :-)
  • My neuro told me that he keeps patients in ICU for at least one night, then one day per level on the neuro/spine ward if everything goes perfectly, so my 3 level will wind up being a 4 day stay. I was also told that it depends on how the patient responds to the surgery, how much your ability to swallow is impacted, and how quickly they're able to use the bathroom on their own, walk 200ft unassisted, etc. Using those guidelines, my neuro would have you in hospital for 2 days, plus or minus depending on how you were doing post surg.
    Will be keeping you in my thoughts & prayers on the 10th!
    Slipped on a wet stair case the morning of 10/31/11, landed flat on my tush & blew up my spine & both SI joints.
    3 level ACDF C4-C7 7/11/12 (collapsed discs & severe cord compression)
    lumbar fusion to be scheduled once healed from ACDF
  • Thank you all for your responses, the past few days the pain has been bad up until 4 am, my neck hurts so bad I'm sitting home alone while family is at barbecue. I can't even stay on computer long. God Bless, Joe
    ACDF C5-6 July 10, 2012 with plate and screws.
  • susabellssusabell Illinois Posts: 241
    I was in hospital for 2 days after a 3
    Level C4-7. I was up and walking and climbing
    some stairs day 2. Was on IV pain meds
    while in hospital. Will be thinking of
    you on July 10th.
    ACDF C4-C7 5/13/2010. Synthetic Bone Graft Failed Fusion.
    PCF C4-C7 8/13/13. Rods and Screws Fused in 3 Months with Autograft.
    C6-C7 Spineous process Surgically Shaved Off 3/11/14.
    Sciatica 3/11/16 Left Leg prescribed Medrol Pack 6 days also Physical Therapy.
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