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&Lt thumb arthroplasty 2012 ; RT TKR & Bilat CTS 2011
Fusions: L5-S1 (87), L4-S1 (93), C5-C7 ('06), L3-S1 ('10)
C5-C7 foraminotomy 08
Last edited by SpineAZ; 01-08-2010 at 06:28 PM.