When you have a broken neck requiring a halo, how long does it have to stay on?
- RobsteriarkLv 72 months agoBest answer
Depends upon the severity and the age/health of the patient.
It has to stay on until the fracture has totally stabilised. So for children up to around puberty it’s 4 weeks, for teenagers and young adults generally around 6 weeks, and full-grown adults a minimum of 8 weeks and can be 12 weeks for geriatric adults and also for post-menopausal women who are not on any form of HRT.
I had a compression fracture of C6 in September 1986. Ideally I needed a halo but they weren’t commonly used in the UK at the time. I was restricted to lying flat on my back wearing a surgical collar for at least 7 weeks, and I spent another 2 weeks in hospital allowed to sit upright wearing a foam collar.
So I’m happy not to have the telltale halo mounting scars on my forehead!
- Country GIRLLv 72 months ago
Depending on the severity and location but most have this on for 6-12 weeks,,,
- pattyLv 52 months ago
- kelvinLv 72 months ago
as long as the doctor says it has too stay on
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- 2 months ago
Depends on the severity of the break and what happened. My grandpa messed his neck up pretty good and had to have a halo on for 10 weeks, then physical therapy for another 6 months, but of course, his age was a huge factor.