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Posted By : JZ58server - 8/13/2017 10:21 PM
I am 4 weeks acdf to c5 thru c7, I am 58 and I am a server, I have osteoporosis and osteoarthritis in lower spine,hips,etc . My surgeon said I could return to work after 2 weeks, not hardly. My primary wants me to go out on disability, said I could never carry the trays over my head. The lump in my throats is unbearable at times, I measure my neck before bed and when I get up, I swell at least 2 inches turning the night. I take walks, still not up to vacuum and all the house work. Psoriasis meds breaks my immune system down. Anyone had ACDF and returned to a heavy lifting job without issues?

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Post Edited By Moderator (straydog) : 8/14/2017 5:37:20 AM (GMT-6)

Posted By : straydog - 8/14/2017 6:04 AM
Hi Janice & welcome to Healing Well. I suggest that you listen to your primary care dr. Returning to work as a server carrying heavy trays would not be something I would consider after this surgery. It takes months & months for a fusion to completely heal, not 2 or 4 weeks. Don't worry about the housework for now & stay away from the vacumn & mopping for awhile. The main thing is listen to your body, it will tell you when you are over doing, in other words don't try to push things thinking it will speed up your recovery. Time & patience is your new best friend with this surgery. Hopefully the lump in the throat will go away soon. A lot of members have swallowing issues for a couple of months. Just keep an eye on it. For the swelling use ice, heat will probably irritate it more. Walking is great, it will help you in many ways.

In CP101 at the very top, if you will click it & scroll down towards the end, there are posts from members with tips about this surgery. I think you will find some useful info that can help you.

If your dr is talking about Social Security Disability, it may be worth applying. If you have no other type of training that would fit within your limitations this may be an avenue for you. You can go to & read about this & apply. Keep in mind most are denied in the beginning, however, the key is to keep appealing, it is a step by step process. Depending on where you live, it can take 18-24 months to get benefits if a person gets denied. However, you may get approved right away & not have to go through the process.

If this is your real name you are using, I highly suggest that you go into your profile & change it, at least take the last name out.

Keep us posted on how you are doing. Take care.
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Posted By : JZ58server - 8/14/2017 7:29 AM
Thank you Susie

You have said exactly what everyone has said, I've seen 2 ladies at work return to early afterwards and ended up leaving
I will seen if I can change it

Posted By : straydog - 8/14/2017 9:18 AM
JZ, unfortunately, some drs have the attitude I did surgery & now you are fine. It is absolutely crazy of this dr to tell you that you can return to work. Those trays are heavy & not to mention the angle they are held, none of the weight is evenly distributed. This is a surgery you only want to do once & allowing yourself the proper healing time is crucial to having a successful surgery. At some point you will need some physical therapy too.

I would stand my ground with this surgeon & listen to your PCP. Take care.
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Posted By : Abilene - 8/14/2017 11:00 AM
Hello and Welcome JZ,

I'm very sorry for the problems you are having. Did you read White Beard's comments in the discussion where you first commented? He has the most experience with anterior surgery and throat problems afterwards. His may be more extensive that what you have, but reading what he says can help you to understand that you have to take good care of yourself now, even if the surgeon does not understand.

My surgery was done posterior so I avoided the throat issues, for which I am very thankful!
Posterior C3 - C7 laminectomy and fusion 2 rods and 10 screws, local bone graft from surgery site-lamina and other bony tissue 12/17/2013; Hyperthyroidism; Sleep Apnea-update-it's gone after a 25 lb weight loss;
Thankful for my husband of over 40 years

Posted By : JZ58server - 8/14/2017 11:33 AM
No I have not but I am going that way to read it, sad thing is he has my husband believing I am healed, move on...grrr

Posted By : straydog - 8/14/2017 2:31 PM
JZ, type in "WhiteBeard" in the search box at the top, it will bring up threads he has commented on about the throat & swallowing issues. If you can't find the post that way, type in swallowing issues after ACDF, it will come up that way.

I would have your husband come here & read about this surgery so he will see 2-4 weeks for healing is not possible. It will be a year from your surgery date to really know how well you will be from that point on. For the fusion to become solid its many, many months, not weeks.
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