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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

Incision Care

The incision, whether it is in the neck, hip or lower back is closed typically with sutures that are placed under the skin and won't been seen. This is called a subcuticular closure. These sutures [...]

Incision Care

General Post Operative Instructions

When you are in the immediate recovery phase of surgery, you will feel fatigued and “achy”. Depending upon your type of surgery, you will have certain precautions which are noted in the specific surgical sections [...]

General Post Operative Instructions

Driving Test After Cervical Spine Surgery

1. You must have clear sensorium. This means that you cannot be too tired and you must have good judgment even under the influence of pain medications and/or muscle relaxants. If you have any doubts [...]

Driving Test After Cervical Spine Surgery

Driving Test After Lumbar Spine Surgery

To be able to drive after lower back surgery, there are three requirements assuming you have a vehicle with an automatic transmission. A vehicle with a stick shift and a clutch requires increased energy and [...]

Driving Test After Lumbar Spine Surgery