I had my ACDF surgery on Thursday! The neurosurgeon removed the C6-7 disc, and left C5-6 since it wasn't too bad. Not much pain! Granted, I had pain pills, but frankly, it was easy to forget that it was time to take another pain pill. A slight ache would let me know it was time.
I have a Vista collar, which is quite comfortable. I sleep VERY WELL--the best sleep since my disc herniated. My incision is only a fine line. The hospital staff and the docs were awesome. I'm tickled.
I went home Friday, and we took our time during the three-hour drive, which was a piece of cake until the last 20 miles. The dirt road and fatigue was a bit tough.
All in all, the surgery seems a success, pain is minimal, and I'm just chillin' is a good thing. I hope everyone who is nervous about getting this surgery has an easy time like I had.
And just a THANK YOU to all the folks on this forum for their support. I thought of many of you during this process, and you gave me much relief and support.