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- Imaging to check spine: Plain films and CT scans are obtained the day after surgery to confirm instrumentation placement and success of the reduction, if performed.
- Analgesia: Postoperative pain relief is usually met with a combination of intravenous ketorolac, diazepam, and morphine.
- Inpatient rehabilitation: Inpatient rehabilitation may occasionally be required.
- Pain at incision site: Aside from postoperative analgesia, a good-fitting custom rigid cervical collar can decrease pain at the operative site by reducing neck motion.
- Dysphagia or hoarse voice: These may occasionally be present after an anterior cervical approach and almost always go away within a week.
- Wound swelling: Typically wound swelling is not a problem, and drains are rarely used after these procedures.