When it comes to Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion surgery, New Jersey spine surgeon Dr. Joshua Rovner has the comprehensive experience patients trust. As one of the state’s leading destinations for spine surgery in NJ, Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion is a form of spine surgery in which Dr. Rovner and his advanced surgical team specialize.
At Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics in New Jersey, we use state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques and procedures. This enables you to go home the same day or just one day after the procedure and quickly return to your normal life. It is recommended that you avoid bending or twisting your neck excessively while your spine heals. The healing takes about four to six weeks but you should feel some relief from your arm and neck pain almost immediately.
This all depends on how long you were experiencing your symptoms and how irritated your spinal nerves were by the herniated disc. You will have some neck pain in the first week or two after the surgery but this should improve daily as you heal and will be treated with pain medication. You may experience some difficulty swallowing for two to five days due to displacement of the esophagus during the surgery. Most of our patients say that the long-term benefits of the procedure far outweigh any temporary discomfort.
Of course, you’ll receive more detailed and specific instructions for your recovery from Dr. Rovner after the procedure. He’ll be happy to answer any and all questions you have. You’ll be scheduled for post-surgery appointments to verify that your recovery is going as expected.
Dr. Rovner will be active and a part of all aspects of your care – from your first consultation, through choosing your treatment plan together, all the way to your recovery.