Care Before surgery
Things to Consider Before Surgery:
In the planning phase of the surgery, you are supposed to fulfill a form to determine your medical condition. Nothing should be hidden from the doctor.
The Night before Surgery:
- Take a shower.
- Spent the evening resting and go to bed on time.
- Nothing, including water, should be consumed for 8 hours prior to the scheduled surgery.
Morning of Surgery:
- Some drugs required to be taken regularly, such as blood pressure or thyroid disease drugs, may need to be taken in the morning of surgery. Discuss with your doctor about this condition in advance and take your drug in the morning of surgery if necessary.
- Nothing, including water, should be consumed for 6-8 hours prior to the scheduled surgery.
- Remove your contact lenses. Remove your earrings, necklaces, hairpins and piercings. Remove nail polish. Do not bring valuable things with you.
Post Surgical Precautions
- Do not bend forward at the waist more than 90º or raise knees higher than hips
- Do not lift more than 10 pounds.
- Do not twist your trunk while performing any activity.
- Do not cross knees or ankles while sitting, standing or lying.
- Always log roll out of bed. Have a pillow between your knees
for comfort and to help maintain precautions if necessary
Tip: Change positions often and alternate rest (sitting and lying
down) with activity (walking and exercise) to increase
comfort. Avoid sitting and standing for long periods of time.
An Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion, more commonly referred to as an ACDF, is a neurosurgical operation performed to relieve and cure injured cervical spine discs.
ACDF is typically performed to:
Remove a disc in your spine that has gotten damaged or worn down.
Get rid of the bone spurs on your spine that pinch your nerves.
Treat a herniated disc, also known as a slipped disc.
How Long Does It Take to Fully Recover from ACDF?
After surgery, most patients are able to go back behind the wheel within one to two weeks. The initial phase of recovery typically takes between four and six weeks to finish for the vast majority of patients, however, this time frame might vary widely depending on age, overall health, and other aspects.
A healthy recovery can be aided by leading an active lifestyle that includes lots of exercises. However, before beginning an exercise routine, patients should first receive clearance from their surgeon. Because of the risk of neck injuries, it may be necessary for certain people to refrain from engaging in vigorous physical activity.
The success rate of an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion in relieving symptoms is 92-100 per cent.
Your surgeon will want you to wear a cervical collar or neck brace until your follow-up after you leave the hospital. At that appointment, your surgeon will give you instructions on how long you should wear the cervical collar or neck brace.
After an ACDF, patients often need to wear their cervical collars for two to three weeks.
Depending on the type of operation, the nature of your career, and your own unique circumstances, you may require more or less time off to recuperate. Before making any decisions, you should talk to your surgeon.