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ICU???? I've had 2 major posterior cervical spine surgeries and wasn't in the ICU after either and my second was a 6 level fusion. Maybe it has to do with possible swelling in the throat following surgery and the need to possibly keep you on a ventilator. My hospital just kept you in the recovery room for as long as needed. Maybe smaller hospitals aren't equipped for that.

Anyhow, it does take longer and is more painful but not as bad as you think. My first surgery involved doing work on the vertebrae themselves and involved C3 to C7. Thy had to shave a large area of the back of my head and the incision goes from the base of my skull down about 6". The second surgery used the same incision and goes about 8".

Yes, they have to cut the back muscles to get to the spine and so that takes time to heal and causes a lot more pain. But I was able to go back to work, part-time only 2 1/2 weeks after surgery #1 and was no longer using any pain meds other than full strength Tylenol. But I do have a high pain thresh hold. You may need pain meds longer than that.

BUT....I did use muscle relaxants for a good 2 months as the muscles would spasm while healing and that caused a lot of pain that I didn't need while working. Used them mainly at bedtime but occasionally during the day. With this type of surgery, muscle relaxants may be more important than pain meds.

What was the worst pain of all? The day the nurse decided to pull the tape out of my hair that the doc had left in place to keep my hair off the bandages. That absolutely killed! Worst pain of all and I kept wondering why they didn't remove it after surgery while I as still out and find another way to keep the hair out! Had I known, I would have had my hair cut even shorter prior to surgery. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to get that done with the second surgery so it happened again.

I was only in a soft collar for the first surgery and a hard brace for 7 weeks with the second. My recovery time would not be similar to what you will have(broke my neck) so I can't say how long.

I have my fusion checked every year and it has held and is fine. 4+years.

Tougher than the front but certainly tolerable.

Jenny(fused C3 to T1)
[QUOTE=jennybyc;4715258]ICU???? I've had 2 major posterior cervical spine surgeries and wasn't in the ICU after either and my second was a 6 level fusion. Maybe it has to do with possible swelling in the throat following surgery and the need to possibly keep you on a ventilator. My hospital just kept you in the recovery room for as long as needed. Maybe smaller hospitals aren't equipped for that.

Anyhow, it does take longer and is more painful but not as bad as you think. My first surgery involved doing work on the vertebrae themselves and involved C3 to C7. Thy had to shave a large area of the back of my head and the incision goes from the base of my skull down about 6". The second surgery used the same incision and goes about 8".

Yes, they have to cut the back muscles to get to the spine and so that takes time to heal and causes a lot more pain. But I was able to go back to work, part-time only 2 1/2 weeks after surgery #1 and was no longer using any pain meds other than full strength Tylenol. But I do have a high pain thresh hold. You may need pain meds longer than that.

BUT....I did use muscle relaxants for a good 2 months as the muscles would spasm while healing and that caused a lot of pain that I didn't need while working. Used them mainly at bedtime but occasionally during the day. With this type of surgery, muscle relaxants may be more important than pain meds.

What was the worst pain of all? The day the nurse decided to pull the tape out of my hair that the doc had left in place to keep my hair off the bandages. That absolutely killed! Worst pain of all and I kept wondering why they didn't remove it after surgery while I as still out and find another way to keep the hair out! Had I known, I would have had my hair cut even shorter prior to surgery. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to get that done with the second surgery so it happened again.

I was only in a soft collar for the first surgery and a hard brace for 7 weeks with the second. My recovery time would not be similar to what you will have(broke my neck) so I can't say how long.

I have my fusion checked every year and it has held and is fine. 4+years.

Tougher than the front but certainly tolerable.

Jenny(fused C3 to T1)[/QUOTE]

Thank you Jenny! I too have a very high pain tolerance and so... with my 1st surgery I never did take any pain meds once I got home. Was back to work in 3.5 weeks. Thanks for dispelling all rumors! Much love!:angel:





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