Dear NPS, I had ACDF Surgery in February 2017. I am still recovering from neck pain and but need a pillow that will give me good support at night. I also suffer from occipital neuralgia. Which pillow would you recommend for me?
Dear J.Friend, Thank you for your email. Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion or ACDF Surgery involves removing a damaged disc to relieve spinal cord or nerve root pressure and alleviate corresponding pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling. With this type of surgery the Dr goes in through the front of the cervical spine. Often times after this type of surgery, a patient will want to stay in a comfortable supine (on your back) position. Here are two pillows I recommend after this type of neck surgery. With both pillows, your head and neck are in the neutral position. Your head/neck will not be pushed forward.
- Cosmed Recovery Neck Pillow: This type of pillow is designed to keep you in the face up position. It even has wings to help you keep this supine position.
- The Arc4life Linear Gravity Neck Pillow - This is more like a regular pillow in that will keep your head and neck in a neutral position. You want to make sure you get the right size when ordering this pillow (small, medium or large). This pillow is composed of a softer type of fiber. It also features two neck rolls, one firmer and narrower, the other softer and broader. You can sleep on either side.