What To Expect During Your Hospital Stay
After Cervical Surgery


  • Admit to ambulatory services.
  • Meet anesthesiologist prior to surgery. Dr. Kissel will contact your family via cell phone or main lobby when the surgery is complete.
  • Post anesthesia recovery room 1-2 hours (no visitors).
  • Family visitation once patient has been moved to hospital room.


DAY 2 (Postoperative):

  • Antibiotics for a total of 24 hours
  • Pain medications may be either injections or pills.
  • Begin ambulation with assistance of nursing staff. Most likely on the day of surgery.
  • Diet: most people resume normal diet within a few hours.
  • C-spine X-ray and physical therapist for home instructions.
  • Discharge home after most surgeries.

Please contact the office with any questions: (805) 544-4455.