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Post op questions

Started by Hopechild65 on 07/19/2017 7:46pm

Hi,
I am almost 3 weeks post op from c3-4 and c4-5 ACDF. For months now I've been reading a lot of your stories on here and decided to ask some advise of my own and connect with some people going through the same things as me. In 2001 I had c5-6.-7 done with a flat titanium plate and eight screws. that went very well and I had no issues until 14 years later and found out the c-3-4 was unstable and needed surgery again. My issues are I am feeling just awful. I don't remember all of this from surgery in 2001. I was not in a hard brace for first surgery. This time I am and for another 4 weeks. The incision looks good but all above is numb. All the way to my chin. Neck very stiff. Very sore back of neck. I'm super tired. Couldn't eat for 8 days. Eating now but seems hard to chew because my chin hurts when it moves. I seem depressed. Still not great voice. Anyway, thanks and hope to hear from anyone that had problems and has some advice..

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Hi, Hopechild65--thank you for your post! We are sorry to read about your rough first few weeks postop. Being only a few weeks after surgery, you may be right in the middle of the toughest part of your recovery. Those first weeks after spine surgery are so painful and uncomfortable--and even though your surgeon may have warned you of that, it's still nearly impossible to prepare for how you'll feel after surgery.

Wearing a brace can be difficult to get used to, and it can be quite uncomfortable (even though it is aiding your recovery significantly). Our best advice is to continue wearing it as your doctor prescribed and focus on that date in just a few short weeks when you get to have it removed (it's a light at the end of the tunnel!).

Spine surgery recovery is just plain tough, and while some pain is to be expected (especially in those first few weeks), you know yourself best. If your gut is telling you that something isn't right (your numbness, for example), give your surgeon a call. You don't have to wait until your scheduled postop appointments to ask questions and express concern. Better to be safe than sorry--and getting peace of mind will make you feel better.

We hope that with each passing day things get a bit easier for you. Wishing you a healthy and successful recovery!

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Thank you!! It's amazing what a few days can do!! I'm feeling so much better!! The only problem I'm having really is the numbness at the incision area to my chin and the muscle there pulling .. otherwise my daily improvement is great!!

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Wow! We are so happy to read about how great you're feeling, Hopechild65! Keep us posted on how you continue to feel, and keep your doctor in the know about what you're experiencing throughout your recovery. It sounds like you are in a great state of mind, which can have a huge impact on the success of your recovery. We wish you continued good spirits and a full recovery!

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