How much should I walk after neck surgery?
Walking is the best activity you can do for the first 6 weeks after surgery. You should start out slowly and work up to walking 30 minutes at least twice a day.
Can you ride in a car after neck surgery?
Do not lift anything greater than 20 pounds for the first 3 months. Avoid prolonged upright sitting on hard surfaces or long car rides (more than 3 hours) for 2–4 weeks. You may drive after about a week and as soon as it is comfortable when no longer under the influence of pain medications.
What can you not do after neck surgery?
No driving while on narcotics or if you were given a neck brace to wear. No lifting more than 5 pounds (about a gallon of milk) for the first 2 weeks after surgery. No lifting more than 25 pounds for an additional 4 weeks (six weeks total). No sexual activity for the first week after surgery, after that as comfortable.
When can you start driving after neck surgery?
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.
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.
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.
When can I drive after cervical disc?
Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement Recovery Time
Most people are able to return to everyday activities, such as light work and driving, within a week of having surgery. A full recovery typically takes 6 to 12 weeks, when heavier lifting and more vigorous activities may be resumed.
When can I drive after spinal surgery?
You can drive when you feel up to driving and are not taking narcotic pain medications or after clearance by your surgeon. This is usually 2 to 3 weeks after a laminectomy and discectomy and 4 to 6 weeks after a lumbar fusion.
How long does it take for neck surgery to heal?
Usually, you will have to remain in the hospital for around two days following this surgery. Further recovery will happen over the next four to six weeks, after which you can return to light activities. Full recovery takes around two to three months.
What are the side effects of neck surgery?
Some risks related to neck surgery can include:
- bleeding or hematoma at the surgical site.
- infection of the surgical site.
- injury to the nerves or spinal cord.
- leakage of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF)
- C5 palsy, which causes paralysis in the arms.
- degeneration of areas adjacent to the surgical site.
Is it normal to have shoulder pain after neck surgery?
It is very common to have neck pain and pain between the shoulder blades for the first few weeks following an ACDF. This is incisional and normal post-operative pain, and should slowly improve as the wound and muscles heal.
Can you drink coffee after neck surgery?
You’ll also want to make sure you drink plenty of water after surgery and avoid beverages that can dehydrate your system, like coffee or alcohol. Hydration helps to keep blood vessels from narrowing, which in turns helps keep healthy, oxygenated blood flowing to the surgical site, which aids in recovery.