What can I do after ACDF surgery?
ACDF Recovery Tips
- Use proper form when lifting—keep loads close to your body, keep your back flat as you lift, and maintain a neutral neck position.
- Be mindful of your posture when sitting, standing, walking, and even sleeping.
- Gradually increase your exercise program to avoid overdoing it.
How long does it take for nerves to heal after ACDF surgery?
ACDF surgery is very well tolerated by most patients and relieves the symptoms of nerve compression in over 90% of patients. Patients can usually go home 1-2 days after surgery. It is not unusual to have some the following symptoms after the surgery which generally improve over 1 – 4 weeks.
What are the limitations after ACDF surgery?
Five (50%) give driving restrictions after a single-level ACDF, while eight (80%) do so after a multilevel. The length of the driving restrictions ranges from one to eight weeks for a single-level ACDF, and 4-12 weeks for multilevel ACDFs; two surgeons give restrictions until patients come off narcotics.
What can you eat after Acdf surgery?
Stock up on soft foods.
Yogurt, applesauce, creamy soups (no chunks), and other soft foods are good choices during the recovery period when swallowing is still difficult.
How do you wash your hair after neck surgery?
After you shower, gently pat the incision dry with a clean towel. Shampoo your hair while you are in the shower. DO NOT take a bath, swim or use a hot tub for at least 2 weeks. Your wound should be completely healed.
When can I run after Acdf surgery?
At first, running and jogging may be somewhat uncomfortable because of the up and down motion of the head on the neck. This motion compresses the discs in the neck. We do not recommend running on hard surfaces for 12 weeks after surgery.
When can I drive after Acdf?
Driving. Patients may begin driving when the pain has decreased to a mild level and mobility of the neck has improved, which is usually between 10-14 days after surgery. Patients need to be able to turn their neck and body enough to see right and left while driving.
Is caffeine bad for neuropathy?
The following foods have the potential to increase pain in neuropathy: dairy products, wheat, citrus fruits, corn, caffeine, meat of all kinds, nuts and eggs.
Why do my shoulders hurt after neck surgery?
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.
Do I need to wear a collar after Acdf surgery?
The collar is not there to restrict all neck movement. It is there to restrict excessive movement to allow the bone graft to heal. 2. Following some fusions, you will wear a hard cervical collar for approximately 6 weeks after your surgery.
How long does sore throat last after Acdf surgery?
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.
How serious is Acdf surgery?
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.