AFTER CERVICAL HERNIATED DISC SURGERY

  • I will instruct you to stand up at 15:00 if your surgery will be performed in the morning or at 22:00 if it will be performed after 17:00. I will discharge you after a 1-night hospital stay.
  • You will be able to go back home by car (in the sitting position).
  • You will be able to do daily simple activities at home.
  • Wear front open clothes for a while after surgery.
  • You may have difficulty in swallowing and a blockage sensation in the throat for the first postoperative week (sometimes for a longer period of time). The problem is edema in the oesophagus. For this reason, prefer foods with soft content for the first 3-4 postoperative days (pasta, rice, soup, rice pudding, plain milk pudding etc.)
  • If you have hoarseness, it is usually a temporary problem. Permanent hoarseness is rarely encountered.
  • You may feel pain and burning and stinging sensation in the incision site on your neck in the initial postoperative days. Do not worry about that. During discharge, I will prescribe the necessary medicines for postoperative incisional pain. Your post-operative pain in the arm goes away immediately. Numbness and tingling problems may take a little bit longer.
  • If I have recommended you to wear a cervical collar, I will also describe the way of using it.
  • When you consume the medicines prescribed for you at the time of your discharge, you will not need to take the same medicines unless told otherwise.
  • Please make sure that your bed and pillow are suitable for cervical health. Sleep definitely in your bed.
  • Please come for the control examination on the day of your postoperative appointment. You will be given the required information about bathing during the control examination.
  • I will personally change the first dressing of the incision site after your discharge. Keep it closed for 2 days and then remove the dressing and leave the incision site open.
  • Suture removal is not needed.  The incision site is sutured from the inside. Sometimes outer sutures are needed. In in such cases; your sutures are removed on the 7th day.
  • Please call me if you have redness, swelling or discharge in incision site.
  • Stop using the cervical collar (if recommended) after the first 15 postoperative days. Make sure that the headrest in your vehicle is at the same level with your head.
  • You will be able to go out after being discharged from the hospital after your surgery.
  • Those working at desk jobs can return to work after 15 days if they want but manual workers should rest for a period of 4 weeks.
  • Avoid carrying things heavier than 3 kg in the first 4 weeks. Pay attention to avoid carrying things totally heavier than 7 kg in your both hands after the first postoperative year as well.
  • Do not drive any vehicle in the first 10 postoperative days.
  • You can make short-distance journeys by plane. However, avoid longer journeys (e.g. transoceanic) in the first 30 postoperative days.
  • Avoid sports involving physical contact in the first 4 months. Content yourself with walking only. Then, you can start sports activities that do not involve physical contact. Swimming is the sports activity that I recommend the most.
  • The period we call the full recovery period includes the first 4 months and the following days. You can resume many of your previous activities after this period, like in the days when you were healthy.
  • Please pay attention to my warnings and recommendations during your daily activities to protect your cervical health.
  • Keep carrying out the specified exercise program and continue swimming (if possible) after returning to your normal daily life.
  • You can call me for any problem related to your surgery.

Hope to meet you in healthy days…