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Fusion ACDFs (C4/C56/C6/C7) recovery expectations

I am curious how all of you doing that had your C4-C7 fused. Recovery tips, etc.  Any working desk jobs, how soon back to work, special office equipment  (I just got a veri desk), tips for returning back full time with collar, an anything else you would like to share.

I am scheduled 6/19 for my surgery. I admit I am scared to death about it!  I do have spinal cord compression caused by the vertebrae along with arthritis and bone spurs compressing nerves.

 I have high hopes to be back to work in three weeks (full time). I am the Admin Asst and school Registrar for our year around Charter school. Thus, it is hard for me to be out too long. 

 I do understand we all heal differently, but would love to hear about your recovery and return to work. 

Thank You!

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  • Hi Margeryjane 

    I was fused c4-7 8 years ago. The surgery went great. I began walking within a few days, more and more. Hiking and fused at 90 days. 

    I was out of work for 4 weeks due to my NS request. He asked me to wear the collar another 2 weeks which was a bit embarrassing at work, but I wore lots of scarves! 

    My fusion is still going great. The spinal cord looks,great now (I had pretty impressive compression). 

    It was all due to arthritis. And alas, I have foramenal stenosis on one side below the fusion. Seeing the doc tomorrow. Ultimately the problem is my body. He did a great job. I even went skiing. 

    I was so,freaked out before the surgery. I woke so very relieved and pain free. 

    Doing tasks in front of me was tough as I couldn’t look down in the collar. And I wish I had known how helpful a neck rub was after surgery. Between that and the collar, everything was so tight. Friend, loved one, massage therapist... all can give a hand!

    Be patient; learn to twist and flex more with other parts, like you waist.

    Best wishes for a great surgery and wonderful recovery. It will feel,so much better from the other side.

  • Hi there, I don't have recovery tips, but wish you well!!  I'm looking at ACDF c 5-7 fusion surgery next week.  I also am an Admin and was only hoping to be out for 4 weeks.  I am young, but a slow healer and have a bleeding disorder.  Good luck and hope to hear of all good outcomes!  

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  • Hi there, I don't have recovery tips, but wish you well!!  I'm looking at ACDF c 5-7 fusion surgery next week.  I also am an Admin and was only hoping to be out for 4 weeks.  I am young, but a slow healer and have a bleeding disorder.

  • Tips, I broke my neck severely, and the neck fusion went great. I was in critical care 2 days then I walked all the way down to the common area. They said I was the first to walk it in 10 or so years was totally across hospital. Really painful for a month to 6 weeks, but again my was far more complicated than that of a neck fussion. I was in surgery for 11 hours. But again I crushed almost everything in my neck. I think you should be ok, but I'm not a Dr. I pray for a quick recovery and that God guides their hands during operation.

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