What to Expect After Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery in the Neck?
Dr. Braxton’s advanced cervical disc replacement is major surgery. Following surgery patients can expect:
- One night in the surgery facility
- A period requiring pain management and extra sleep
- Fatigue and modification of activities
- A methodical return to daily routines
- The need to have some additional help
- The importance of good nutrition including adequate protein
The main concern during the early recovery of cervical artificial disc replacement surgery is overextending the neck. A cervical collar can be helpful to prevent overextension and provide additional support. Dr. Braxton will provide patients with detailed postoperative instructions.
The first week is best spent away from work and should include short walks to help promote circulation and oxygen delivery to the surgical site. From weeks two to four a patient’s energy will increase, however, only light duty activities are allowed; patients should not lift heavy objects. Following week four patients begin to feel the benefit of the newfound mobility as well as overall health improvement. Patients who do lifting for work would require a further period of healing, possibly up to 8 weeks, before resuming full activities. Around week eight Dr. Braxton will have another follow-up evaluation. While rare, he will want to see you back sooner if any of the following complications may arise:
- Surgical wound infection, redness, heat, swelling or oozing
- Increased numbness, tingling or pain
- Allergic reaction
- Issues with swallowing
- Movement of implants