Neck Surgery Instruction Sheet



These instructions are intended to be a brief guide to help you in your recovery.  Please follow these and any additional instructions until you return for your follow-up appointment.


You will need a follow up appointment is with Dr. _______________________________________, in  _______________________.

        O  Call 412-623-6910 to make an appointment

        O  An Appointment has been made at the following office location ___________________on _________________ at ___________

Restriction for the first four weeks or until follow-up appointment:

        Do not lift anything heavier than 5 pounds.

        Do not drive until the cervical collar is removed.

        Avoid all strenuous activity.


Short walks as tolerated are permitted for the first two weeks.  After that you may increase the distance gradually.

Walking up and down stairs is permitted as tolerated.

Traveling in a car for short distances is permitted as tolerated.


Care of the incision:

If you have sutures or staples these will need to be by  your family doctor or by your surgeonís office staff located: ____________________________________________

Weekday removal does not require a appointment but call first in order to assure available staff.

If you have steri-strips they will fall off or may be removed by you in seven to ten days after surgery. 


For seven to ten days after surgery use clear plastic bandages and gauze over the incision site for showering. You may have the collar off to shower but do not move your head from neutral position.  Occasionally you may not be permitted to have your collar off nor shower and your physician will determine this and tell you prior to discharge.

 Call your physician immediately if your experience redness, swelling, discharge or tenderness near the incision, or if you experience fever or night sweats.

 Physical therapy:  You may need Physical therapy.  This will be decided and arranged during your first follow-up appointment.


Your physician has prescribed the following medication: 

1.      ______________________________________________

2.      ______________________________________________


Do Not drive or consume alcoholic beverages while taking pain medications.


Cervical collar:

You must wear your cervical collar at all times, except when showering or unless you  have received other instructions.


A prescription for you to obtain an X-ray will be provided when you are discharged.  On or near the day of your office visit obtain an X-ray of your neck and bring your X-ray with you.  You may need authorization from your Primary Physician in order to obtain this X-ray. 

If you notice any symptoms that persist despite rest or medications or if you have any questions, please contact your physician. 

This information is selective and does not include all possible effects and complication resulting from this medical condition, diagnostic procedure or treatment.  Potential complications should be discussed in more detail with your physician.