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after cervical fusion, how long before i can drive? how long does it take after a cervical fusion surgery before i can drive or go back to work?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
This dependent on : Several issues including need for medication post operatively that may sedate you & affect your judgement &/or reaction times. In addition, your ability to safely turn your neck while driving & the restrictions you may still have as well as the need for any post op bracing are factors. The type of fusion & number of levels involved play a role & arm/leg function. So this can be weeks to months.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Ask your surgeon: These questions will be best answered by your surgeon because it depends on many factors.

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