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Old 01-07-2010, 09:41 PM   #1
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Talking ACDF, staples?

I was wondering after the ACDF surgery, will I have staples in where they cut me? and will they eventually fall out on their own or do i have to go back to have them removed? Will i have a drain in my neck after the surgery? Estella

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Re: ACDF, staples?

I can only tell you what I had with my surgeon. I had no staples, stitches. I also had a drain tube but only over night. The tube was removed by the surgeon before I was sent home from the hospital. Although from what Ive learned Im glad I had the drain tube. Hurts when pulled out but only for a matter of seconds. I had the 5-6 fusion & really amazed me how quick the incision healed. The worse part it the long recovery but pain was not near as bad as say my shoulder surgery. In fact it was a relief to have the headaches I went in with virtually gone. Sammy

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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.
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Re: ACDF, staples?

I had a drain tube also was removed before I was sent home from the hospital

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