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Considering cancelling surgery for disc replacement for C5/6 because of fears of recovery

Hi all!  I am scheduled to have a disc replacement surgery in less than two weeks and when I first scheduled it, the doc said my time off work would be about a week and not lifting up my two toddlers would be around 2-3 weeks. That sounded not awesome but doable.

I went to a pre-op class about the surgery and I was told many different things, as in lifting restrictions would be 6-12 weeks and out of work for 2-4 weeks. None of these things are feasible for me with two small children and a puppy and no help other than my husband. I am so nervous now to have this surgery and am considering cancelling it. Can anyone speak to the REAL recovery time for a disc replacement please? I am desperate for help!


  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510

    I can't speak to disk replacement recovery time, but why are you having the surgery?  That is retorical of course, I suspect that you scheduled the surgery because you are in pain and already having trouble taking care of the toddlers, husband and yourself.

    Have you had a discussion with your husband about taking some time off work to help you?  What about a family member or friend(s)?  I bet you can find some people who would love to help you as much as you would want to help them if they needed it.


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  •  I haven't had any surgery as of yet however from doing research it does seem as though it's a very long time for recovery and it does vary from different people.  I'm sorry I'm not much help but I feel for you and I pray that it goes all well for you
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