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Post surgery of an ACDF!

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
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.


  • So happy to hear that everything went well for you. Good luck with your recovery.

    I am at the 4 week mark today & everything is going really well. I am walking 6 miles/day. I still have some tingling in my extremities but it is much better than pre op. I don't remember the last time I took something for pain. I have some muscle pain when I do too much but I just use moist heat & I started PT last week to help with my muscle tightness & knots.

    Take care & try not to overdo it for a while!
  • Congrats on your success so far! I have had a pretty positive experience with my ACDF too. I am 5 weeks post-op today, and I feel pretty good. I really expected to have a much harder recovery process.

    The hardest part for me has been not overdoing it. When you are feeling good, it's easy to do too much. Try to relax and let your body heal. Please continue to keep us informed on your recovery.

    Take care,
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