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How Soon Can I Sing Again After Anterior Cervical Discectomy
4 weeks: It depends on which level (or levels) is being operated upon. Operations at any level may cause some hoarseness of the voice which is usually temporary, but may be permanent in rare cases. Operations along the upper cervical spine (i.e. C3-4, c4-5) may cause inability to sing at a high pitch so discuss this with your surgeon. Most patients have a normal voice about 1 month after their surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Discectomy is the a surgical procedure in which the ruptured portion of a ruptured spinal disc (the pad between two vertebrae) is removed. Disc tissue near the rupture may also be removed, but usually most of the disc is saved. If a spinal fusion is needed, a more ...Read more
And play the piano!: As soon as you feel ok. Some people feel hoarse after this surgery and it is usually transient. Rarely, is there an issue with the vocal cord innervation or nerve supply which can sometimes affect how you sound. Rarely are there direct injuries to the trachea/vocal cord from surgery or anesthesia and even just as rarely spinal cord injuries that could impact you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Joining bones: A fusion is eliminating a motion segment of the spine by making bones heal together. There are many different techniques used for a variety of reasons or indications. For this, the approach is from the front removing the intervening disc & replacing it with a piece of bone or a metal v plastic like cage filled with bone that may be secured with screws or plate & screws or no instrumentation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Neck soreness: Most anterior cervical fusions are tolerated very well. There wil be some neck pain and stiffness. If you have arm symptoms, those should resolve after surgery- some right away and others over time. The stiffness and soreness improves in a few weeks. You'll have some throat soreness and maybe a "catch" in your throat when you swallow. Overall, it gets better quickly. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Common surgery: Anterior cervical fusion is a common surgery. Check out soine-health.Com for videos and information on the procedure. Good luck. ...Read more
Hard to say: It is such a uniformally successful, fairly simple surgery that it would be difficult to say if any particular hospital would be best; we often even do them as outpatient procedures at our surgery center. The are rating sites for hospitals in spinal surgery, it is just a lot of times that has more significance for someone requiring a complex spine procedure. ...Read more
If it is you!: It depends on one's perspective and really on how healthy you are and how severe the disc herniation is and if any other associated pathology or if there was any other prior surgery or treatment(radiation) through the surgical approach that may complicate the surgery or if you are a smoker, obese, diabetic, have an existing chronic remote infection, renal disease etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes!: The surgery is major, though generally well tolerated. The surgery is near the spinal cord and many nerves. It requires moving the esophagus, the muscular tube where food passes to your stomach. The windpipe and voice box are also moved. Any of these can be injured or work less well after surgery (temporarily or permanently). Risk depends on many factors, so talk to your surgeon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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