How soon are patients typically able to return to normal activities after cervical disc surgery

Dr. Todd Lanman
Los Angeles, CA
After artificial disc surgery, patients return to normal activities at about eight weeks postoperatively. In the fusion patients it is usually 12 weeks or longer depending on how well the bone is healing, but the artificial disc patients are returning to their normal exercise activities at eight weeks after the operation.
Dr. Vincent Traynelis
Iowa City, IA
This depends on a number of factors, including the condition of the patient before surgery. Generally speaking, patients should be able to care for themselves and function independently within a day and resume most of their normal activities in a week or two.
Dr. Michael Neuwirth
New York, NY
Patients can return to normal activity as soon as they recover range of motion and are without pain.
Dr. Paul Broadstone
Chattanooga, TN
"It depends totally on what is considered "normal." Light work activities at 2-4 weeks; fully un-restricted activities at 12 weeks.
Dr. Praveen Mummaneni
San Francisco, CA
After the incision heals, about 2-3 weeks.
Dr. Joseph Stachniak
Plano, TX
I've seen many of my patients return to normal activities very quickly.
Dr. Richard Fessler
Chicago, IL
Depending upon patient variability, somewhere between 10 days and 3 to 4 weeks.

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Published: May 04, 2007
Updated: April 19, 2010