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Hi i just had cervical neck surgery a week and a half ago. How can I clean my incision? I have some dried blood and would like to clean it.

Hi i just had cervical neck surgery a week and a half ago. How can I clean my incision?   I have some dried blood and would like to clean it.

Depends: In my patients who have cervical spinal surgery, I use resorb able sutures and derma bond glue to close the incision. You can then use soap and water or hydrogen peroxide or an alcohol swab to clean the incision. You probably should check with your surgeon. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Hellman
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Neck Surgery (Definition)

Neck surgery entails an operation on any of the tissues of the neck including skin, muscles, blood vessels, esophagus, larynx, trachea, ...Read more


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Is it possible to die from neck surgery?

Is it possible to die from neck surgery?

Unlikely: Depends on what the operation is in determining risk. If you are referring to an operation for disc disease you are unlikely to have a complication that would result in death. ...Read more

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Does neck surgery affect your voice?

Does neck surgery affect your voice?

Potentially: It depends in part on the nature of the neck surgery and also whether or not there is a complication. Having surgery on your vocal cords could certainly affect your voice. I am a spinal surgeon and we do some neck surgeries in the front of the neck. In those cases, the recurrent laryngeal nerve and the crycothyroid nerve both affect the voice and can be irritated during surgery. Thank you. ...Read more

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What to do if I have acdf neck surgery?

What to do if I have acdf neck surgery?

Enjoy: In a properly selected patient, an acdf can be a remarkably successful procedure. Hopefully you will enjoy tremendous pain relief and will follow your surgeons postoperative protocol. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about acdf neck surgery?

Can you tell me about acdf neck surgery?

Common surgery: Assuming a proper work-up has been done and conservative care has failed, most patients do very well from a single level cervical fusion. Average time for a complete recovery is 3 months. Check out spine health.Com. ...Read more

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Do I need a catheter for my neck surgery?

Do I need a catheter for my neck surgery?

Depends on surgery: It all depends on the length of the surgery and the condition that you have in your neck. Would leave this up to the surgeon. Discuss this with him. ...Read more

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After pinched nerve neck surgery, will symptoms remain for a while?

Possibly: Lots of inflammation happen after surgical repair and that can cause symptoms to persist for a period of time. Check with your surgeon though to have a timeline of when improvement should occur ...Read more

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How likely is it that my neck surgery is messed up after being put in a choke hold?

How likely is it that my neck surgery is messed up after being put in a choke hold?

Anything possible. : Need a follow up x-ray and compare it to the post op x rays to know for sure. It is possible that a choke hold would do damage. Go get an xray at the surgeon's office. ...Read more

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Friend keeps saying he can't have neck surgery done due to diabetes. How are the two connected?

Friend keeps saying he can't have neck surgery done due to diabetes. How are the two connected?

depends: Having diabetes is not a definitive contraindication for neck surgery. When indicated, i will often perform spinal surgery of the neck on a patient that has diabetes. That being said, diabetic patients tend to be "sicker" than the average person and have more medical problems putting them at increased risk for peri-operative medical and surgical complications. Thank you. ...Read more

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Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more