2-3 days after operation in majority of cases.
Always general anaesthesia
The neck might feel sore for a short time. A collar is not routinely necessary if x-rays after the operation are satisfactory but depends on the underlying condition and extend of surgery.
Commonly asked questions
How much will the operation effect my neck movements?
This depends largely on how many levels have been fused. Fusion of a single level has usually little impact on the overall movement.
What are the long term risks?
Fusion of a single level has normally no significant impact on neck movement. This is because the other levels compensate for this. The more levels the fusion involves, the higher is the excess movement of the remaining levels. This means there is a risk that these levels wear out sooner than they would normally. This is called adjacent level disease. This is the case with fusion of any level in the spine.