What can you not do after neck fusion?
Don’t forget about your restrictions for the first 6 weeks after surgery. You need to avoid twisting and bending. You also need to avoid lifting, pushing or pulling objects greater than 5 to 10 lbs. Lifting and activity restrictions will be gradually removed as the healing process takes place.
How long does it take to recover from neck fusion surgery?
It may take 4 to 6 weeks to get back to your usual activities. How long it takes depends on what kind of surgery you had. Your doctor may advise you to work with a physiotherapist to strengthen the muscles around your neck and back.
What is the success rate of neck fusion surgery?
As mentioned, the initial success rate of fusion is high. In the neck studies have shown greater than 90% of patients have significant improvement in their symptoms following a one level cervical fusion.
How long do you have to wear neck brace after cervical fusion?
2) You will wear a cervical collar for at least 4 weeks post-operatively. This should be worn at all times (including in bed) but may be removed for showering. 3) About 3-4 days after surgery, you throat will become swollen. This usually lasts 1-2 days and you may want to sleep in a recliner for that time.
Why do my arms hurt after neck surgery?
What causes radicular symptoms? The most common reason for experiencing continued nerve pain after a fusion surgery is inadequate decompression of a pinched nerve during the initial procedure. If the spinal cord nerve is still fully or partially compressed, you’ll have lingering pain and symptoms afterward.
What should I wear after neck surgery?
Following some fusions, you will wear a hard cervical collar for approximately 6 weeks after your surgery. You will then be placed in a soft cervical collar for approximately another 6 weeks. Following a laminotomy, foraminotomy or laminectomy you will wear a cervical collar for approximately 4 weeks.