I had my surgery March 25th, and came home two days later. I had an ACDF in 2005 on C3-C4. But in 2007 I was experiencing balance problems and I was also told I had myelopathy, so surgery was a given.
I have to say that the recovery from this surgery has been quite painful (although I concede that's it's only been 8 days post surgery). I have to wear a Philadelphia collar 24/7, and that sure can be uncomfortable when trying to sleep. I have lots of pain in my shoulders and neck area, and I'm assuming it's from the surgical site - it takes time for all the muscle tissue to heal.
I will see my neurosurgeon on April 13th, and have lots of questions about my recovery. I hope by the 13th, I will feel much better than I do right now.
The difference from going in anteriorly vs posteriorly is huge - at least it was for me. My surgery involved C3-C7, and I was in surgery for 5 hours. I remember healing quite soon after the ACDF, and I don't seem to remember having much pain after the surgery.
I have no hardware from this surgery, as it was a Laminoplasty, vs Laminectomy. I think that's why I need to wear the hard collar for 3 MONTHS!
Any suggestions from people who have had a laminectomy would be very helpful. Right now I feel quite helpless. I was told that I had to have someone live with me (I'm a widow) for at least 2 weeks. Thankfully my cousin is able to be here with me. I can't lift, reach, bend down, pick up, - in other words there's not much I can do!
Thanks for any encouragement you have to pass along to me.