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Ask a doctor about a specific recovery plan following surgery. It is important to follow doctor’s instructions carefully to recover from surgery as quickly as possible and to increase the chances of a successful outcome. Cervical fusion surgery and cervical disc replacement surgery are both considered major surgery. A patient can expect to stay in the hospital for approximately one day. As with any major surgery, some discomfort and a period of rehabilitation should be expected.
After surgery, a doctor or nurse may:
POST-SURGERY INSTRUCTIONS - (01:11)
Dr. Jack Zigler shares his instructions for patients who are recovering from cervical fusion or cervical disc replacement surgery. Dr. Zigler is with the Texas Back Institute in Plano, Texas.
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After surgery, a doctor may refer a patient to a physical therapist to learn exercises on how to improve strength and increase mobility. The goal of physical therapy is to help a person become active as soon as possible, using safe body movements that protect the spine. This often includes neck strengthening exercises. A person may also be taught different ways of positioning their neck to avoid reinjuring their spine.
Contact your doctor immediately if:
Patients & caregivers: This information is designed to provide you with helpful educational information but is for information purposes only, is not medical advice, and should not be used as an alternative to speaking with your doctor. No representation is made that the information provided is current, complete, or accurate. Medtronic does not assume any responsibility for persons relying on the information provided. Be sure to discuss questions specific to your health and treatments with a healthcare professional. For more information please speak to your healthcare professional.