Time off of work after Posterior Cervical fusion

///Time off of work after Posterior Cervical fusion
Time off of work after Posterior Cervical fusion
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  • dmcknight1
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    Dr. Corenman,

    I had an ACDF of C6-7 in August of 2016 for a herniated disc. I was off of work for 6 weeks prior to surgery and had the worst pain I had experienced in my life. I went back to work in 6 weeks. I am RN that works PACU and I do recovery children which requires lifting them when they wake up and sometimes they fight from emergence delirium.

    I started experiencing shoulder and neck pain again 6 months ago. I had an MRI and CT scan and I have a nonunion.

    I am scheduled for a posterior fusion C6-7 next month. When do you think it is safe to return to work? From what I have read a posterior fusion is a little tougher. My surgeon suggested 6 weeks which seems a little early to me. It was pretty rough last time but I was off prior to surgery and needed to go back. I would feel more comfortable I think waiting until 7 or 8 weeks postop. I only get 60 percent of my salary when I am off recovering so I want to go back to work as soon as I can however I want this fusion to work.

    Thank you.

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    A posterior fusion for a non-union of an ACDF is about 8-10 weeks without loading the neck. Especially in your job, I would advise more than less.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
    dmcknight1
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    Thank you. Is a posterior fusion a tougher recovery than an ACDF? I am not currently on pain meds. When should I be weaned off of them postop?
    I am trying to do everything correctly and praying I will fuse this time.

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    A posterior fusion by itself takes more time to fuse than an ACDF, typically 3-4 months minimum. However, a posterior fusion will stabilize the failed (but done well) anterior fusion and both might heal faster due to that stability. Most individuals are off pain meds after 2-3 weeks.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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