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cervical disc replacement

kmitkkmit Posts: 2
edited 02/15/2015 - 8:25 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had c6/c-7 anterior approach disc replacement on 2/6/15.. Been having problems accessing information about the recovery period after this surgery, specifically time frames regarding exercise,restrictions, and complications. I was told that I had a 5-10 lb weight restriction for lifting, no driving for 3-4 weeks and to keep moving my neck around. I also was given quite a lot of info on discharge that seems to apply to ACDF. I was exhausted the first week, but did take a few short walks . Y esterday I walked a mile and went shopping with my daughter. I was completely done after that. I have a stiff neck and tightness throughout my shoulders, upper neck and shoulders. I feel like I can't stretch enough to relieve this.I still have numbness in my left pinter and middle finger, similar to before surgery. I have been having headaches and at times sharp pain in my necks. Still very tired, slightly nauseated and not much of an appetite. Incision is painful, still reddened and ecchymotic. Also have a hardness along the incision that seems pretty big. If anyone out thre has had a disc replacement in cervical area ,please let me know if this is normal. thanks
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  • kmit said:
    I had c6/c-7 anterior approach disc replacement on 2/6/15.. Been having problems accessing information about the recovery period after this surgery, specifically time frames regarding exercise,restrictions, and complications. I was told that I had a 5-10 lb weight restriction for lifting, no driving for 3-4 weeks and to keep moving my neck around. I also was given quite a lot of info on discharge that seems to apply to ACDF. I was exhausted the first week, but did take a few short walks . Y esterday I walked a mile and went shopping with my daughter. I was completely done after that. I have a stiff neck and tightness throughout my shoulders, upper neck and shoulders. I feel like I can't stretch enough to relieve this.I still have numbness in my left pinter and middle finger, similar to before surgery. I have been having headaches and at times sharp pain in my necks. Still very tired, slightly nauseated and not much of an appetite. Incision is painful, still reddened and ecchymotic. Also have a hardness along the incision that seems pretty big. If anyone out thre has had a disc replacement in cervical area ,please let me know if this is normal. thanks
    Hi there,

    My husband had the exact same procedure done at the C6-7 level. Call the neurosurgeon and request for a follow-up appointment due to the symptoms you listed above. They should have seen you for a follow-up appointment by now. Husband seemed to recover better than what you are experiencing, but the stiffness, incision site pain, and some hardness with a lump underneath the skin is expected. The discharge nurse mentioned that if the incision leaks for more than a few days, or is bleeding, then definitely call. Also, you want to ensure the incision site is not infected. Call for follow-up.
    Jackie
  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    Are you seeing a Pain Management doctor? Taking pain meds with a muscle relaxant?
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
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