We do not routinely provide patients with a brace (i.e., soft collar or abdominal binder) after a lumbar decompression surgery (no fusion). We will occasionally prescribe a soft collar after a cervical decompression (no fusion). However, after a fusion, many patients like the added support a brace provides. Therefore, patients who have undergone a fusion of their spine may be fitted for and given a brace following their surgery. You may discuss this with your surgeon.