Hi - I have my 3 level acdf with plating next Friday, the 31. This site has been so helpful for me! I've never had major surgery and this site has prepared me so much for surgery and recovery. I was pretty shocked that I needed such major surgery - I'm only 40 and didn't have any accidents or previous neck or back problems. I'm frightened about the surgery. My neurosurgeon says I should be able to work in a few weeks (I'm a librarian) but that seems very optimistic compared to what I've read on this site. I had my pre-op last Friday so I've been testing out the collar. Too bad my surgery isn't in winter!