Patients who have neck surgery typically require four to six weeks to recover, according to Mayfield Clinic. General pain and discomfort, which include difficulty swallowing and a sore throat, last between one to four weeks after surgery.
Patients need to avoid strenuous activities after neck surgery, but they may participate in limited physical therapy and short walks, claims Mayfield Clinic. After four weeks, with a physician's permission, patients are able to start driving and engage in regular activities, such as housecleaning and gardening, or participate in sexual activity.
To reduce future neck pain, patients need to maintain a healthy body weight, practice good posture when sitting and standing, and avoid lifting heavy objects without assistance, suggests Mayfield Clinic.