When can I start driving again after ACDF?

Certain movements should be avoided after you have been discharged from the hospital and you are starting your home recovery. Sudden movements or twisting might impair the healing process and cause you discomfort or complications. Since driving often involves these movements, it is better to avoid it during the first weeks after the intervention.

Recovery from cervical discectomy and fusion surgery (ACDF) can take from several weeks to months, depending on a variety of factors, such as the extent of the abnormalities causing spinal compression, age, and activity level of the patient, and overall physical health.

Of course, you may feel quite concerned about this, but so long as you follow the instructions of your surgeon, you should be able to experience a full recovery. You can drive when you feel up to driving and are not taking narcotic pain medications. However, your doctor will let you know when it’s safe to resume driving during your follow-up appointment.

Benefits of having cervical discectomy & fusion

  • Less pain and thereby a better quality of life - once you have fully recovered, you will be able to resume your regular life, never thinking about experiencing the debilitating pain again.
  • Better health - decompression and cervical fusion procedure is most commonly done for cervical degenerative disc disease or to treat a symptomatic cervical herniated disc. By having this procedure, this issue is addressed, thereby stopping it from getting worse.

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