I didn't think of questions either. That must be very common. My dr did tell me about
the neck brace. I got it in his office at my last pre-op and had to take it with me to the hospital. He talked about
the bone graft---there are 3 ways of doing that. My dr said I'd be in the hospital 2 nights then let me go after 1. He said I'd be in the brace for 3-6 weeks then took me out of it at 2 1/2 weeks. That was my first post-op. There were no x-rays done then since he said it was too early. He saw me again at 3 months. That was a long scary time. My neck was quite stiff and I didn't know if it would ever be better. It is! X-rays were done and PT was started. He saw me again at 6 months-3 weeks ago-and I'm scheduled for a 1 year check up with other visits or phone calls if needed. He has offered medication for all of this time so I don't feel like I've been dropped like some have felt post-op. Your dr sounds like he will take very good care of you.
I didn't intend to write so much. You can read my story. Ask anything. It's a pleasure to be able to help someone else on this journey. Have a fun SAFE holiday!
Post Edited (Abilene) : 7/3/2014 1:19:49 PM (GMT-6)