Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion Surgery (ACDF) Recovery

Anterior cervical fusion surgery (ACDF) is generally a quick surgery to recover from. There are variables that can make the surgery take longer to heal. Posterior neck discomfort immediately after ACDF surgery is normal. The [...]

Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion Surgery (ACDF) Recovery

Patient Preparation

How to Prepare for Spine Surgery This is not a passive event. Unless it is just around the corner, to just wait for your surgery to take place is a mistake. A fit and more [...]

Patient Preparation

Bone Graft Choices for Cervical Spine Fusion

Using Autograft v. Allograft for Fusion There are different risks and advantages for using either your own bone (autograft) or cadaver bone (allograft) for a spinal fusion. The things to consider are fusion rate and [...]

Bone Graft Choices for Cervical Spine Fusion

Care and Feeding of Your New Neck

Once the neck is healed, there may be recommendations for activity changes. A one level fusion will allow you to play in the NFL. Even a two level fusion may play tackle football. If a [...]

Care and Feeding of Your New Neck

“Hamstring Stretches” Exercises (Post Operative)

The hamstring muscles become contracted if not stretched. This in turn can cause pain in the back of the leg. Stretching these muscles is a simple matter of watching TV! Sit on the sofa with [...]

“Hamstring Stretches” Exercises (Post Operative)

Removing the Collar

When you are first discharged from the hospital, you will go home with two collars. You will normally be in one of these neck collars (the Miami J) full time for the first week. This [...]

Removing the Collar
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