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c5 c6 fusion

Hi everyone, I am a heavy equipment operator of 20+ yrs. I have had l5-s1 disckectomy in 2002. c6- c7 acdf in 2006. Now in 2012 I was diag nosed with spinal stenosis in c5-c6, t2-t3 and degen disk desease in l5-s1. I had c5-c6 acdf on may 4th. Does anybody know what my recovery time will be for the recent acdf, and what my return to work prognosis might be. Never been without a job and am a little scaired. scubag8er


  • Hi there, Scuba:


    How are you feeling since your surgery? I assume you mean you had surgery on March 4th, not May 4th, correct? (are those pain meds typing? ;))

    You didn't include a lot of info, so here are some questions:

    1) What did your surgeon say about recovery time?
    2) What did your surgeon say about what to expect regarding getting back to work?
    3) Are you on pain meds?
    4) Are you wearing a hard or soft collar?
    5) How are you feeling since your surgery?
    6) Do you smoke/chew tobacco products? (Tobacco has been shown to inhibit or prevent fusion from taking place)
    7) When does your surgeon want to see you again for your post-op visit?

    Your question about work - are you asking if you will be able to go back to work or are you asking when you might be able to go back to work?

    Some people on here are back at work within 6-8 weeks and others take longer.

    Most importantly - how are you feeling? That is going to be a big indicator of so many things. It's only been two weeks since your surgery and I can say that each week gets better - at least it did for me.

    I was pretty functional when I got home, but made sure I did not overdo it because I didn't have time for any setbacks.

    Let us know some more info.

    10/26/2012 ACDF C3/4 C4/5 surgery
    No pain; no pain meds - thank goodness!
    04/01/2013 - 5 months + 1 week - FUSED
    Doing some physical therapy for even better range of motion
  • Hello everyone, I am feeling ok, I am having some pain from the surgery. It runs from my neck down my shoulder. I am sure it is because it has only been 2weeks like you say. I am only taking the pain meds at night to help me sleep. I am wearing a soft collar, and I see the doc on fri for post op. I am just worried.that being 50 yrs old and already have had 3 spine surgeries, (and not sure if more are in store), if there is a chance of returning to work. This is all from being a heavy equipment operator, and being in a wreck. Thanks for your replies. Scubag8er
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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