I just had my first post-op appointment with my NS. I am almost 8 weeks post-op from my single level ACDF and fusing GREAT! The x-rays were pretty impressive. The initial post-op rads taken the day of sx showed the cadaver bone as very mottled, obviously separate bone. Today's rads showed that the density and texture of the cadaver bone is almost exactly the same as the vertebrae above and below. There is only the slightest white line visible between C5 and the graft and C6 and the graft. My NS called it a "textbook perfect" fusion. He said I may even be able to be skiing by the end of February or March (steep and deep powder, no bumps) and I will definitely be rowing on the rivers next summer. >:D< (Something I sorely missed last summer)
He increased my weight lifting limit from 10 pounds to 50 pounds, but warned my neck and shoulders may hurt the first few times I do lift something that heavy. Since I'm a vet tech, my boss will be very happy that I've graduated back from medium sized cats to decent sized dogs. I'm still staying out of the barn, though!
I'm so psyched with this good news. I was a little worried after last weekend. Some friends and I went down to Las Vegas for the National Finals Rodeo <):) After 3 nights of drinkin', dancin' and stayin' out 'till dawn, my neck was pretty sore. :O I even broke down and took Advil (I didn't want to be mixing my narcotics with alcohol). Turns out the first 7 weeks of "being good" payed off and wasn't ruined by one naughty weekend.
Anyways, I pray you all get good news like this someday. I'm on cloud nine and just wanted to share....