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Cervical 5 & 6 ACDF

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am having cervical 5 & 6 ACDF surgery on January 16, 2009. I am terrified and feel like I have been left in the dark. My Doctor expalined the surgery to me but nothing about post-op recovery. How long will I need help? Is it a really painfull recovery? Any tips wouldbe great. Thanks for everyones help!


  • I understand how scary it is, but many people, like myself, found the anticipation to be worse than the actual surgery. I had a 3-level ACDF and I'm glad I did. I'd do it again if I had to. Recovery is long and slow, but it's really not too awful.

    I had my mom-in-law with me for 3 weeks after surgery, but 2 would've been sufficient. It would be great if you could line up someone to help you for a week or two.

    My recovery wasn't too painful. You might experience some swallowing problems, but that seems to vary greatly from one person to the next. I didn't have a problem with it.

    Feel free to PM me if you have any questions or want to talk/vent.

  • How do you know what level? My doctor said nothing to me about that. I do know I will have hardware and a plate.
  • Kim,
    I'm confused. Have you already had surgery or are you having surgery? It says having surgery on January 16th and I think it is February, but then i use some a lot of pain meds as well. Your levels will be C5-C6 as you posted. Which means you will be having a one level fusion. One as in, one disc between those vertabre. For myself I was single so after surgery I returned home by myself and managed. Since I was hardly functioning prior to surgery it was a welcome relief. Will you be using allograft or autograft. I used autograft(my bone) and the hip incision was quit a bit more painful than the neck incision. On my first surgery there was no difficulties in swallowing either. Felt more like a minor sore throat is all. Good luck and keep us posted. If I can help you in anyway don't hesitate to pm me.
  • I am sorry, I meant February 16. I am not using my own graft. I have been reading alot of useful information on this site but I realized my doctor told me nothing! Thank you so much for your all your help!
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