The typical recovery time following surgery lasts four to six weeks. Follow-up appointments will allow your surgeon to monitor the success of the fusion and answer any questions you may have about the healing process.
During the initial healing process, you may require the help of a cervical collar or brace to help limit mobility and stabilize healing vertebrae. As recovery progresses, physical therapy exercises will be used for several weeks to help your neck regain motion.
In a majority of patients, cervical fusion surgery is successful in relieving arm and neck pain in the case of fractures, deformities or instabilities of the spine.
Due to the fusing of two vertebrae, a segment of your spine is immobilized, which may place additional strain on the surrounding areas in the spine and change the range of motion in the neck. Patients should continue attending follow-up appointments with a doctor to monitor this condition.