I am having ACDF cervical surgery soon, trying to find out how I h can return to work,long tell I have a very physical job, with a lot of lifting, my doctor, only will say al least 6 weeks, i would like to know if this is about right or would it be more,I have read some people take alot long.
Part of the recovery depends upon the type of graft that is used. Autograft (your own bone) will heal in six weeks. Allograft (cadaver bone) will heal in three months. PEEK cages heal somewhat more slowly.
Your occupation also makes a difference. Heavy lifting, overhead work and impact activities require more healing time than others.
Review the section on this website under “Treatments”; “Surgical”; “ACDF” to fully understand what the procedure is all about. Review the video on that ACDF thread as if describes in images why the graft or spacer is utilized.
The “spacer” is probably a PEEK cage made of plastic that might be filled with a “bone substitute” product. I have made many comments regarding this combination on this forum. Please search for those threads to understand my thoughts.