Postoperative care after undergoing anterior cervical discectomy fusion

If you are experiencing chronic neck pain and have exhausted conservative treatment options, you may be curious about what to expect if you undergo spine surgery. At Laser Spine Institute, we specialize in minimally invasive spine surgery that provides many advantages to our patients, including a streamlined patient experience.

Patients requiring stabilization of the spine may be candidates for our minimally invasive stabilization surgery, which is an alternative to traditional fusion procedures. One type of minimally invasive stabilization, our anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, focuses on relieving neck pain, weakness and tingling associated with conditions such as a herniated disc or degenerative disc disease. Instead of overnight hospitalization and a lengthy rehabilitation associated with traditional open spine surgery, ACDF offers you a number of benefits, including the following:

  • A small incision
  • Muscle-sparing techniques
  • An outpatient procedure
  • Reduced risk of infection and less surgical blood loss compared to traditional open spine surgery^

Immediate postoperative care after ACDF surgery

Our highly skilled surgical team and patient care personnel offer attentive personalized medical service before, during and after your ACDF procedure. Following surgery, you will be taken to postsurgical care, where you will be:

  • Monitored closely by our medical staff to make sure your vital signs are healthy
  • Transitioned to a monitoring area once our staff confirms that you are completely stable
  • Assisted as you begin slow and gentle movements, such as standing, sitting and walking
  • Given instructions on limitations and wound care before being discharged
  • Allowed to return home or to a hotel with the attendance of a home health care nurse^

The weeks following your procedure

The weeks following ACDF are crucial to your recovery process. We encourage you to rest and relax during this time while following your surgeon’s instructions on resuming activity. Once you return home from surgery, you will receive follow-up calls from our postoperative care team. You will also need to return to your Laser Spine Institute clinic or see your primary care doctor two weeks after your surgery to check the incision area.

Find relief from neck and back pain

At Laser Spine Institute, 83 percent of our patients return to daily activities within three months of having stabilization surgery.^ Each patient’s surgery and job differs, and the time that you return to your normal daily activities depends on your work environment and the type of surgery performed. To learn more about our minimally invasive procedures, including ACDF, we invite you to contact a member of our caring team today.

We’re happy to provide a free MRI review* to help you find out if you’re a potential candidate for one of our outpatient procedures.