Results 1 to 9 of 9
Trumpet Discussion Discuss Neck Surgery in the General forums; Hello All, I'm a candidate for a discectomy (specifically C5-6 and C6-7) and was wondering if anyone out there has ...
  1. #1
    New Friend
    Join Date
    Sep 2005

    Neck Surgery

    Hello All,
    I'm a candidate for a discectomy (specifically C5-6 and C6-7) and was wondering if anyone out there has gone through this already. I'm curious as to how long it will take to get back to the trumpet. My surgeon has performed this operation on several violinists, but no brass players. Any information would be greatly appreciated.


    Jeff Bailey

  2. #2
    New Friend
    Join Date
    May 2007

    Re: Neck Surgery

    I assume you have had neck, shoulder, and arm pain (at least) and that playing your horn increased the pain while you were playing.
    I also assume that the incision will be on the front of your neck rather than the back since that generally has fewer complications.
    You'll have scar tissue based on the skill of the surgeon and any complications that might arise. But you should be all healed up in 5-6 weeks. Get post-surgical physical therapy to help strengthen your muscles in your neck and upper back.
    There might be pain in starting playing but that should go away soon---use a light horn not one of those 4 pound monsters.
    Basically, it will probably be at least two to three months before you're back to where you were and most of that will just be from the lay-off. But don't rush it.
    I haven't had that surgery but I've seen enough disk surgery to make a reasonable guess. I'm a physician by trade.

  3. #3
    Forte User Bear's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004

    Re: Neck Surgery

    In highschool I was involved in a serious car wreck. I broke my neck (among other things) and had to wear a HALO vest for quite some time. Just get back into it slowly and don't push too much when you are first starting out. The neck muscles and throat will not be as strong as you expect it. You can do a lot of excercises off the horn that will help in the recoup such as lip buzzing, pencil holding, etc. Good luck.
    The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.
    -C. S. Lewis

    Life is about learning; when you stop learning, you die. -Tom Clancy

    And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
    -Revelation 8:6

  4. #4
    Piano User Walter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006

    Re: Neck Surgery

    Jeff .....I hope your surgery goes well for you and that when you recovery you are free of pain.

    I have no idea where you play your music or your this might not be relevent....I have heard that being very relaxed and light on the mouthpiece is a good thing......if you rigged a stand to hold the trumpet for you then perhaps you could at least blow long tones and turn this difficult time into something posiive. I hope my idea is not a load of rubbish.....?


  5. #5
    Mezzo Piano User wilcox96's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    charlotte nc

    Re: Neck Surgery

    I have a good friend (his resume too large to list here) that has had neck AND back surgery. His back surgery was fairly recent (w/in 6 months ago) and I've already played a few gigs with him. Other than the fact of having to "stand" throughout the jobs (which certainly was painful), he "played" just great. If you'd like to contact him to discuss, you may pm me for his e-mail address.

    Regardless...I wish you the best and hope you have a speedy recovery.
    Brad Wilcox
    NYTC Endorsing Artist
    Stage 1 California Light
    Bells: Rose brass, Copper rimless,
    Gold brass, Yellow brass rimless
    Bach Strad Flugelhorn
    GR Mouthpieces

  6. #6
    New Friend
    Join Date
    Jan 2007

    Re: Neck Surgery

    I wish you the best man I have never been in that situation, I hope everything works out fine. Dont worry man I know you'll figure something out and get you going back on the horn.

  7. #7
    Pianissimo User The BuZZ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Chester, NY

    Re: Neck Surgery

    My best friend, a fellow TrumpetHead had neck surgery similar to what you described. His condition deteriorated to the point where he could not walk a straight line (and that was w/o the booze). Pain was severe, so hitting the Horn was not in the cards. Long story short, he had the surgery, it was successful and the problem is an afterthought. He was back with the Horn in 3- 4 months, (if memory serves me well), he plays better than ever actually!
    So Mr. Jeff Bailey, keep the faith, be positive and stay focused and Karma will be on your side!
    I wish you well man!
    Last edited by The BuZZ; 06-27-2007 at 06:19 PM.
    Stage 1: California Light
    Calicchio: Solo Copper 3/9
    Getzen: Eterna Flugel
    GR: 66MX, Zottola: 66 FL
    Assorted Garage Tools

    "Some days you get up and put the horn to your chops and it sounds pretty good and you win. Some days you try and nothing works and the horn wins. This goes on and on and then you die and the horn wins."

  8. #8
    New Friend
    Join Date
    Sep 2005

    Re: Neck Surgery

    Many thanks to all those that responded to my question. The information you provided has been very helpful and your support is greatly appreciated.

    Best, Jeff

  9. #9
    Pianissimo User J. Landress Brass's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    New York City

    Re: Neck Surgery

    When I was in the Marine Corps, I injured my left shoulder quite badly. I could no longer hold my horn (french horn player) without severe pain and my hand going numb. I then went through several years of PT and 1 surgery while in the Marines. When I was eventualy retired for medical reasons I had a complete recionstruction surgery where the doctors reattached my biceps tendon, removed part of my 1st rib, filed down part of my colar bone and moved some mussel. This surgery was in January of 2002. By May I was back to workign in the shop and practicing. It took some time to gain the strength in my shoulder to hold the horn. I was quite suprised by how quickly I stopped feeling pain from the physical stress in playing the horn.

    For you I woudl say depending on your PT schedule and threshhold for pain it willt ake at least a few months to recover.

    Josh Landress
    J. Landress Brass, LLC.
    153 West 36th Street 3rd Floor, NY, NY 10018
    Shop: 646-922-7126 Cell: 516-521-7101

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Laser Surgery
    By eisprl in forum TM Lounge
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 01-23-2007, 05:46 PM
  2. Holloween Red Neck Style
    By Eclipsehornplayer in forum TM Lounge
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 11-06-2006, 09:38 AM
  3. Neck expanding while playing
    By Paul Raffeld in forum Trumpet Discussion
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-25-2006, 08:45 AM
  4. Surgery update (along with a note of thanks)
    By bandman in forum TM Lounge
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 05-26-2005, 11:07 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26