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2 weeks post surgery(2 level acdf)..and I'm going back to work!

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,008
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:24 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
ever hear the expression "I feel like a brand new used one"?
Well.. That describes me to a T. I had my first post op Dr. visit on Monday. Got my stitches removed and x-rays..basically I was given a thumbs up. Dr said my cervical spine looks great, my incision site looks great, and he said I could begin driving as soon as I thought I could turn my neck around. He told me to start doing stretching exercises for my neck and I have to say.. they are making me feel more limber up there..
And I am now going back to work. Exactly 2 weeks after my surgery..I'm kind bummed about it because my time off is over but I'm also ready to go back to work..
So I wish everyone with upcoming surgeries the same speedy recovery that I have had...and much thanks to everyone who helped calm my nerves before mine!


  • What type of work do you do? Start small. I too went back after 2 weeks post acdf c 5/6. Personally I think it did much more harm. I started 1/2 time for a week or so. Then full 8-10 hour days. I don't have a physically challenging job. I stilll think I went back too soon.
    Be careful. Don't overdo. Rest when you can.
    I wish you well. It sounds like you are recovering nicely. I don't want to see you harm yourself in any way.
  • I work as an office manager for a shipping company. As much as I don't really want to (I am really getting used to and enjoying being home) I have to go back to work. I have used up all my vacation time and really have no choice. On the same note, I also feel like I am ok health-wise to go back as well. My range of movement in my neck is back to almost normal, it's actually better than it was before surgery. I am not going back full speed ahead and I plan on being very careful and aware of my body as well. Screwing up my recovery is not an something I am going to me. Tomorrow I am going in for about half a day to catch up on some things, see how it feels and I start back full time on Monday. Full time is 7-8 hours..
    Thank you for your concern, I am going to take your advice and rest when I can.. Luckily I have a couch in my office so I have a place to lay down if I need to. :D

    Wish me luck!!
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  • Hi Chelle:

    Just wanted to say "thanks" for the inspiration. I'm scheduled for the same surgery on 11/7. My neurosurgeon said to expect a month out of work (I manage a team of LTD claim analysts) -- or perhaps 6 weeks. I'm a pretty motivated person, so I asked if he'd consider releasing me prior to 4 weeks, and he said he would . . . as long as I was in a good place with regard to the fusion and I work part time. I laughed at that. Part-time for me is 8 hours per day, LOL.

    I'm glad to hear that you're doing well!!! Keep me updated on your progress!!!!
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