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Recovery after Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery

I’m one week post op after having had cervical disc replacement surgery on november 16, 2017. The surgeon used the Mobi-C implant for two levels, between C4 and C5, and between C5 and C6. Im doing well ovrall, My incision site in the front of my neck has very little pain, but the “healing pain” the medical people talked about is pretty intense at times as the interior swelling comes and goes and as the nerves heal up. I wanted to share my experience with this recovery process, because I can find little in the way of actual documented patient experience,


  • Thanks. I don't know about Mobi-C. i had an old fashion fusion about 2 years ago.

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 3,437


    Welcome to Spine-Health

    We would gladly welcome any shared experiences with your recovery. A lot of time, that's what members are looking for, what the recovery process is like. You have a very good title to your discussion, easy for members to find.

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  • Hello.I am 5 days post op.c4-6 with hardware.this healing process have been excrutiating for me. I never had arm pain or shoulder pain pre surgery, now I'm woken out my sleep to throbbing radiating pain that started in between my shoulder blades but have since traveled down my right arm...do anyone know of this is normal.?

  • I’m 4 days post op for ADR with Mobi C on one level (C5/C6) and feel GREAT!

    Went in after months of severe neck and shoulder pain, a 30% reduction in grip strength on my right hand/arm, tingling and numbness in right thumb and index finger, and constant neck tightness and pain.

    I’m ecstatic to say that other than day 2 post op being miserable, day 3 and day 4 has been pain med free and pain free! I’m driving short distances, I walk a couple miles a day. I sleep great. I only use a soft collar maybe 2 hours a day when my neck gets tired or feels over stressed to help ease tension and prevent spasms.

    Swallowing was like having strept throat day 1 and 2, but since then I can eat anything. I feel very confident that my doctor did a stand up job and already did light exercises in the gym!

    From what I anticipate, this will be a 2 or 3 week recovery process for me before I can even think about anything athletic other than super basic low stress stretches and light dumbbell and cable work in the gym. Most likely 2 months plus before even chipping and putting out on the golf course. Probably 2-3 months before getting back to normal in the gym with regular weights.

    It’s a process and we need to trust our doctors, follow their advice and most importantly take care of our bodies and use COMMON SENSE when deciding what to do and what not to do based on our own INDIVIDUAL Healing schedule.

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,636
    Recovery, the most important phase

    Variables that effect the recovery process
    • Area of surgery (lumbar, thoracic, cervical)
    • Type of surgery (ACDF, PLIF, ALIF, Laminectomy, etc)
    • Length of surgery
    • Any damage to any spinal nerves
    • Overall physical condition of the patient prior to surgery
    • How the patient deals with the recovery (100% compliance to all limitations to 0% compliance)
    • Family environment (live by yourself, have help, stairs, no stairs, etc)
    • etc
    As you can see, there are so many different things that come into play when you are talking about any spinal surgery recovery timeframe. When you have any questions, you should always ask your doctor.

    They would have been the ones that set the initial timeline...
    • Physical Therapy
    • Walking
    • Driving
    • Back to work
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: [email protected]
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  • FloridaKat1, thank you for sharing your experience! I am having 2 level mobi-c ADR surgery at c5/6 and c6/7 tomorrow morning. I appreciate reading about you healing experiences and success post-op. I am hopeful!

    Merry Christmas,


  • Merry Christmas to you. We'll be thinking about you and your surgery today. Don't forget to get back to us on your after-surgery progress

  • Hi! I am 2 years out from a C4-6 Mobi-C replacement and doing amazing!! It was definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made. My arm pain went away and hasn’t returned since.

    L4/5/S1 scar tissue removal surgery, plus unexpected L4/5 microdiscectomy #2 October 2015
    L4/5 microdiscectomy May 2015
    2-level ADR C4-6 (Mobi-C) February 2015
  • Thank you all for sharing your experiences with the Mobi C replacement. I'm a surgical candidate for having 2 discs being replaced which are herniated into my spinal cord. There is not a lot of information out there about recovery from this type of surgical disc replacement. Thank you to everyone for their comments. I really appreciate it, as I'm having a lot of stress over getting this done. I have no choice about getting surgery to get these discs off of my spinal cord. I am more upset to think about plating and fusion and stressing out other discs with hardware. Thanks, again and good luck to all in healing.

  • Just had C6-C7 Mobi-C disc replacement yesterday, and wanted to say that as of day 2: I feel Great!!!! A little sore throat and muscle soreness in my neck and between my shoulder blades. Had 3 norcos since surgery but am taking Tylenol now. NO PAIN down my arm, shoulder or elbow. No tingling /numbness in my hand and I can actually reach over my head with my left arm for the 1st time in 4.5 months

    A little background: I am a 54 yo very active-sports playing, motorcycle riding, weight lifting male and I had extreme pain radiating down my left shoulder, triceps, elbow and forearm leading to tingling/numbness in my hand and fingers. This had been going on since October 2017. I knew I had a herniated disc since this condition was originally diagnosed by MRI in June of 2006. A cortisone shot then worked for me until last October. The pain came back and was terrible....as bad as when I shattered my collar bone in a motorcycle crash.

    Could not work out other than cardio and had maybe 2-3 hours a day when the meds worked enough to do anything physical. I am looking forward to getting off the Gabapentin and the maxed out 800mg motrin along with 8 Tylenol a day. Not good for you in the long run. Also gained about 15lbs of fat. Had 2 cortisone shots to no avail and was referred to a cervical surgeon thru Kaiser. Very happy that he suggested the disc replacement vs fusion. He told me a much shorter recovery time 4-6 weeks vs 8-12 weeks for fusion and better range of motion post op. My best friend had the fusion due to more of a degenerative spine issue and he was out of commission for 3 months .

    I will up date this comment as time goes on.

    Good luck and speedy healing to everyone on the forum!


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