Re: ACDF, staples?
The neck incision for ACDF is closed with sutures and not staples. Usually these are internal sutures that dissolve over time, sometimes with just a teeny bit of the suture that can poke out but that dissolves as well.
I did not have a drain and if you do it may be one night at the most and would be tiny. There is usually no drainage from this type of surgery that requires a drain. ACDF scars tend to be very thin and over time heal nicely if kept out of the sun.
Rt thumb fusion '13. R&L thumb arthroplasty '12 ; RT TKR & Bilat CTS' 11. Fusions: L5-S1('87), L4-S1('93), C5-C7('06), L3-S1('10), C4-C5('13). C5-C7 foraminotomy '08
Last edited by SpineAZ; 01-08-2010 at 05:28 PM.