Re: ASPEN Collar
Welcome to the boards...
Well from what I understand, some of it has to do with how conservative and precautionary the doctor is and some of it has to do with healing. I've heard up to 2 levels with a plate and not having to wear a collar. 3 levels like you had... I don't think I've heard anyone of being without a collar after surgery.
With my doc, I had one level done and I didn't have to have a collar, however I was under teh impression that if I had 2 levels done I would have had to wear a collar for a while, but as I mentioned, some people have had 2 levels and not have had to wear one.
keeping things still and stable in the collar helps reduce irritation and probably a degree of swelling. I wasn't required to wear it after surgery, but there were times where I needed to use it to give myself a break from post-op symptoms, it did help.