How long does it take to recover from cervical 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.
How long does a neck fusion surgery take?
The operation generally takes 1 to 3 hours. You will lie on your back on the operative table and be given anesthesia. Once asleep, your neck area is cleansed and prepped. If a fusion is planned and your own bone will be used, the hip area is also prepped to obtain a bone graft.
How long is spinal fusion surgery take?
Spinal fusion surgery usually takes four to six hours, but the time varies according to the individual patient. The surgeons will take as long as they need to do the job well.
How long does throat hurt after cervical fusion?
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. It improves quickly but call the office if it persists.
Do you need physical therapy after cervical fusion?
Physical therapy is frequently necessary following spinal surgery to help strengthen your back or neck muscles, improve your range of motion and flexibility, and help heal the tissues in the areas where your surgery was performed.
How long do you have to wear a neck brace after cervical fusion?
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.
How should I sleep after neck fusion surgery?
SLEEPING AFTER 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 can you eat after neck fusion surgery?
It takes a number of days or weeks for this swelling to go down. We ask patients to please be careful about their diet immediately following surgery by eating soft, wet foods, rather than dry, chunky foods. A soft diet might include soups, mashed potatoes, Cream of Wheat, pureed foods, etc.
How painful is cervical fusion?
Some amount of neck discomfort, soreness, tenderness, and swelling is normal after a spinal fusion procedure. Additionally, you may feel some discomfort in your upper back and shoulders as your body adjusts to the altered biomechanics created by the fusion.
Can you damage a cervical fusion?
While uncommon, as with all surgery there are a number of risks and potential complications that can occur as a result of a cervical decompression and fusion surgery, including: Hemorrhage or formation of a wound hematoma. Damage to the carotid or vertebral artery resulting in a stroke or excessive bleeding, even death.