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Posted in: Bracing, Neck pain, and Surgery.

cervical collar after ACDF

Started by JenP on 12/27/2020 12:11pm

Hello,
I just had ACDF 5&6 and 6&7 with fusion. I have to wear the collar 24/7 except when showering. I am 9 days post op and miserable. Trying to sleep is impossible. This is my second time around doing this so I am not surprised. Just wondering, how many of you had to wear the collar after your ACDF and for how long. My surgeon has it on for 12 weeks. My first surgery was 3&4 and is nicely fused. I know this is for the best. Just curious how other's have done without the collar. Thanks.

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Hello! I had one level c6/c7 fusion on the 28th, a day after your surgery. No cervical collar for me, but I assume that's bc I didn't have two levels. Sleeping was incredibly difficult until 3 days ago, now only mildly uncomfortable. I still switch pillows, rolled up towels, remove pillows and raise/lower the bed about 10 times a night. I hope things have improved for you since your post.

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Im scheduled for this exact surgery in 2weeks. my surgeon also wants the collar on for 12 weeks but said i can sleep without it. im curious if you have any pointers or 'survival tips' for the day to day functioning. i want to be fully prepared.
thanks in advance.

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