Re: How long off work after c-5/c-6 acdf
I had this surgery on 03/17/10 and I am just returning to work 4 weeks post-op on a "play it by ear" schedule. My boss understands that if I feel I need to go home and rest then that is what I have to do. I have a desk job so I do not have to lift anything, but I do have to be concerned with my posture constantly. I do not have to wear my cervical collar except when driving, but after my first day back yesterday I have decided to wear my collar all day to assure I keep my neck straight. I was very sore last night from moving my head around too much. My surgical site no longer has pain, but my muscles are still spastic and I am still tired, but I think the quicker you get back to life the quicker you will heal! A positive attitude always helps too!
I am not sure how anyone with a job that requires any sort of lifting could return until their vertebrae has fused, but I did not have to worry about that.
C5/6 acdf and corpectomy with hardware on 03/17/2010