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I am four weeks post op from acdf c5/c6. My neurosurgeon has ordered me not to lift anything more than 5 to 10 lbs, and that I can take my soft collar off when being supported by a chair or when sleeping. I have my first post op appointment tomorrow, and hopefully will be released to go back to work. He told me to expect 4 to 6 weeks off work for recovery time. I am shooting for the 4 weeks!
I don't think you'll be able to do the kind of work you do in 3 weeks. I had ACDF C5-C6 and I was off work for 9 weeks, which I think is probably a little long. I have a desk job... I think you would find it very hard to do that for 8 hours, plus the heavy lift and very physical nature of your job - you're probably looking at 6-8 weeks, and then you will still have to take it easy.

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