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How do you recover from cervical disc surgery?

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You'll likely be able to get up and move around within a few hours of your cervical disc surgery and then either go home from the hospital the same day or the following morning. You'll feel some pain in the area operated on, but it should get better over time.

The fusion can take anywhere from 3 months to a year to become solid after surgery, and you could have some symptoms during that time. Your doctor might recommend that you wear a cervical collar to support your neck for the first 4 to 6 weeks.

SOURCES: FDA: "FDA Approves First of a Kind Medical Device to Treat Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease." Hilibrand, A.S. 1999. Kee Kim, MD, associate professor of neurological surgery and chief of spinal neurosurgery, University of California at Davis.


The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, American Volume,

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons web site: "Implications of Adjacent Segment Disease After Cervical Spine Surgery."

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 07, 2018

SOURCES: FDA: "FDA Approves First of a Kind Medical Device to Treat Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease." Hilibrand, A.S. 1999. Kee Kim, MD, associate professor of neurological surgery and chief of spinal neurosurgery, University of California at Davis.


The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, American Volume,

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons web site: "Implications of Adjacent Segment Disease After Cervical Spine Surgery."

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 07, 2018

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