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These are certainly valid questions, and you really should ask your surgeon how he does these procedures.

I do know that if you have a disc completely cut out and have a plate screwed into the vertabrae between the removed disc, chances are you will NEED to keep the collar on 24/7 for at least a few weeks. Your neck must be completely stable while the initial healing takes place. There should be an orthapaedic supply outfit in the town your surgery is going to take place, and I'd STRONGLY advise you to get fitted for your neck collar BEFORE the surgery. The collar they usually supply you after the fusion is a one-size-fits-all, and one that is comfortable to wear is very important. You will be sleeping in the thing, so comfort is a definite priority.

When you come out of surgery, your throat will probably be pretty sore, and there's a chance you will lose your voice for a little while. This is due to the fact that your vocal cords can get "stretched" during the surgery. This is fairly common. I was in surgery for over three hours, and I had no voice for 4 days afterward. You will be on a liquid diet for a while too, so a good supply of straws would be a good thing.

It is very important that you keep your neck in the collar. The last thing in the world you need to do is have the plate come loose, or move the bone spacer. You'll probably be seen by your surgeon within 10 days, as they'll need to X-Ray the spot to be sure everything hasn't moved. You actually shouldn't have much trouble sleeping with the collar on: just position some pillows to take the strain off your neck.

I do know that the pain of sleeping was MUCH worse than before the surgery for me. Sleep was nearly impossible, due to the extreme pain I was in from a disc that had burst open, and I had numerous bone spurs that complicated the matter. My surgeon actually spent more time grinding those bone spurs, than he did cutting out the disc. Your surgery and recovery will largely depend on how bad of a problem you have in your cervical spine right now.

But you will eventually heal, and the collar will come off, then hopefully for you, you can return to a somewhat normal life afterwards. I wish you the best......

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C6/C7 Fusion W/Plate 11/02
T8/T9 HNP W/annular tear 5mm into spinal canal
L5/S1 HNP W/annular tear 7mm into spinal canal
L2/L3 HNP
DDD, foot-drop, use a walker to get around
12 MRI's, 3 ESI's
Worker's Comp Nightmare
Yes Maggie, I do have a nice little scar. They went in along my right collarbone and I have a scar about 6 inches right alongside the bone. My surgeon sewed the incision up and "tucked it in" like a hem, or a football is sewn up.

After 11 months, the scar has healed to the point that, although it IS noticeable, it did not turn out to be as bad as I first thought it would. I am probably more conscious of the scar than anyone else I personally know is, and I know I make a bigger deal about it than I should.

For what the surgery was, and how long it took, my scar is really no big deal. Try not to concern yourself with it hurting your looks: it is easily hidden by a sweater, or any shirt with a collar, and after time passes, someone would really need to know where to look to actually see it. [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/dance.gif[/img]

Also, I did not respond well to any physical therapy, simply due to the other problems I have with my spine. Yes, I did go to a few sessions, but they caused more problems than they solved. But that was just me, I suppose. PT is a regularly scheduled event after enough time has passed that your neck can handle doing PT....

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C6/C7 Fusion W/Plate 11/02
T8/T9 HNP W/annular tear 5mm into spinal canal
L5/S1 HNP W/annular tear 7mm into spinal canal
L2/L3 HNP
DDD, foot-drop, use a walker to get around
12 MRI's, 3 ESI's
Worker's Comp Nightmare

[This message has been edited by BigJoe777 (edited 09-30-2003).]





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