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Cervical Discectomy & Spinal Fusion

12/10/2009

Question:

Hello, I am in the process of getting scheduled for a Cervical Discectomy & Spinal Fusion on my C4-C5 and C5-C6 areas of my neck. I was wondering what the typical recovery time is for this type of surgery. Would like to know when it is feesible to return to work. I have an office job and work on a computer all day long. Thanks.

Answer:

Hello, thank you for your question. You need to be asking your surgeon (or his/her representative) these questions. Different surgeons will handle this in different ways, so the information I might tell my patients may not reflect what you will experience. Good luck.

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Response by:

David J Hart, MD David J Hart, MD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University