What can I expect after neck fusion surgery?
After surgery, you can expect your neck to feel stiff and sore. This should improve in the weeks after surgery. You may have trouble sitting or standing in one position for very long and may need pain medicine in the weeks after your surgery. You may need to wear a neck brace for a while.
How should I sleep after cervical neck surgery?
The best sleeping position to reduce your pain after surgery is either on your back with your knees bent and a pillow under your knees or on your side with your knees bent and a pillow between your legs.
What is the success rate of neck surgery?
Between 93 to 100 percent of people who’ve had ACDF surgery for arm pain reported relief from pain, and 73 to 83 percent of people who had ACDF surgery for neck pain reported positive results.
How long does it take to fully recover from Acdf surgery?
Most people need 4 to 6 weeks to complete the initial healing process, but this varies according to age, health, and other factors. After a follow-up with the surgeon, people typically begin physical therapy.
Is cervical fusion major surgery?
A single-level cervical fusion involves two adjacent vertebrae in the cervical spine being fused together. While it is a relatively safe and routine procedure, it is still major surgery.
How serious is neck fusion surgery?
No surgery is without risks. General complications of any surgery include bleeding, infection, blood clots (deep vein thrombosis), and reactions to anesthesia. If spinal fusion is done at the same time as a discectomy, there is a greater risk of complications.
How long does pain last after cervical neck surgery?
The surgical site in your neck will be sore for a few days. You will be encouraged to walk as soon as you are able as this will help speed your recovery. You may need to wear a soft or rigid collar for four to six weeks.
How long do you have to wear a neck brace after surgery?
When to wear your brace
You will wear the brace after surgery until your spine has healed or fused, a period that can range from 4 weeks to 6 months. If you are fitted for your brace prior to surgery, practice taking the brace on and off to increase your familiarity with it.
Can you move your neck after cervical fusion?
The best thing you can do for your neck is to try to relax it and move it as freely and normally as possible. However, for the first few days or weeks after your operation it is normal for your neck to initially be stiff and sore.
What are the side effects of neck surgery?
Although cervical disc surgery is generally safe, it does have a few risks, including:
- Excessive bleeding.
- Reaction to anesthesia.
- Chronic neck pain.
- Damage to the nerves, blood vessels, spinal cord, esophagus, or vocal cords.
- Failure to heal.
When should I get neck surgery?
If cervical degeneration causes myelopathy (spinal cord dysfunction), radiculopathy (dysfunction of nerves to the neck or arms), neck pain, or abnormal neck motion, surgery may be necessary. The surgical goal is to reduce pain and restore spinal stability.
How long does neck surgery take?
ACDF surgery can usually be done in 1 to 2 hours, but may take up to 3 or more hours. The time depends on how many discs will be removed, how badly the discs or vertebrae [VUR-tuh-brey] are diseased, and other factors.
Can one bend ruin a spinal fusion?
Logrolling prevents excessive bending, twisting, and straining of your spine which could disrupt the surgical repair. Avoiding excessive bending, twisting, and straining will protect your fusion while it heals. Bone healing typically takes up to 3-6 months to occur.
How long does fatigue last after Acdf surgery?
Most patients feel fatigued, sometimes to the point of exhaustion for up to 4 months after surgery. This is usually due to deconditioning, and, in some cases, due to anemia and some situational depression.