Keep the wound dry for the first two days after surgery. Shower with Saran wrap over the dressing. After that, you may remove the dressing and resume regular showering. The steri strips on the incision will gradually come off or may be removed in one week. Two weeks after surgery, you may begin putting vitamin E oil or aloe vera on your wound. If there is any swelling, redness or increased pain around your wound, call the doctor's office.
Exercising other than a stationary bike or walking is not recommended in the first month postoperatively.In addition, you may use hot packs, cold packs, and warm moist heat for relief of discomfort.Following anterior cervical fusion, the cervical collar should be worn constantly for a minimum of two weeks. It may be removed for showering. Please contact the office with any questions: (805) 544-4455.