What should I wear after ACDF surgery?

What should I wear after ACDF surgery?

It may be easier to wear shirts that have zippers or button up the front, rather than those that go on over the head, for this initial recovery period. The neck does not need to be kept still, but it should not be tilted from front to back, twisted, or moved quickly.

What should I wear after spinal fusion surgery?

If your surgery requires you to wear a lumbar brace, we recommend a cotton T-shirt to wear under your brace and, if you would like, a comfortable shirt to wear over your lumbar brace. Bring proper attire to walk in the halls after surgery and for discharge home.

What do I need at home after spinal fusion surgery?


  1. Cane or walker. A cane or walker can help add support and security as you take your first steps around your home and neighborhood.
  2. Grabber device.
  3. Toilet riser.
  4. Shower seat/mat.
  5. Recliner.
  6. Body pillow.
  7. Silk pajamas.
  8. Back brace.

How long do I have to wear a neck brace after ACDF surgery?

Neck Brace Multiple level cervical fusion patients need to wear a Miami-J collar for 4-6 weeks post-operatively; single level cervical fusion patients need to wear the Miami-J collar for 2 weeks. Driving is prohibited while wearing your neck brace.

How do you wash your hair after neck surgery?

If you can carefully avoid getting the dressing wet, then you should be free to shower sooner than if it is difficult to avoid. Another potential option, if you are afraid of getting your dressing wet, is to use dry shampoo, or no-rinse shampoo. These products will effectively clean your hair without requiring water.

How do you wash your hair after cervical spine surgery?

After you shower, gently pat the incision dry with a clean towel. Shampoo your hair while you are in the shower. DO NOT take a bath, swim or use a hot tub for at least 2 weeks. Your wound should be completely healed.

What are the best shoes to wear after back surgery?

Slip-on shoes. Wearing slip-on shoes for several weeks (and maybe more) after your surgery will prevent the need to bend over to tie your shoelaces. Crocs are usually a favorite because they are easy to get on, have a good grip on the sole, and can be worn both indoors and outdoors.

What can you not do after neck surgery?

No driving while on narcotics or if you were given a neck brace to wear. No lifting more than 5 pounds (about a gallon of milk) for the first 2 weeks after surgery. No lifting more than 25 pounds for an additional 4 weeks (six weeks total). No sexual activity for the first week after surgery, after that as comfortable.

Is a recliner good after back surgery?

Recliners can help ease pressure on your lower back, and sitting on something cushioned, such as an inflatable donut pillow or hemorrhoid pillow, can make sitting more tolerable. If you’re having extensive surgery, you may want to consider renting an adjustable bed for the postoperative recovery period.