Do I have to wear a collar after ACDF?

Yes, a collar is necessary following ACDF. Your doctor will provide you with all the information you need on this topic.

A cervical collar is a secure, protective, and relatively comfortable device that aids the healing process by helping you keep your neck in the right position post ACDF (anterior cervical discectomy and fusion).

The cervical collar has the following purposes :

  • protects the surgical incision
  • functions as a safeguard against various external factors
  • works as a reminder that you have had major surgery and you need to rest and recover.

Typically, patients are required to use two different collars: one for daily use and the other one for showering.

After you shower, the collar used for this purpose will be carefully removed and replaced with the other collar. Your doctor will tell you how soon you can stop using the collar - the period varies from patient to patient, can be as short as 4 weeks or as long as 6 months.

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