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Good results from ACDF surgery!

thetigerladytthetigerlady Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:40 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I was here a while back...nervous about my then upcoming 3-level ACDF (with hardware) surgery. (4-5, 5-6, & 6-7) Then my puter crashed and I lost you guys...
...well I just found you again and I wanted to tell you guys that I am now fused completely!
I feel *SO* much better than I did before surgery. Even as soon as I woke up, the pain in my shoulder that traveled down my arm was gone. the numbness was gone too. Since my operation was in the afternoon, I stayed in the hospital overnight. They had me on morphine at first, then started me on lortabs. As soon as my pain was manageable, they sent me home. I had to wear a soft collar for only 3 days. I took the lortabs for about a week, then switched to tylenol. Every once in a while I needed a lortab after over-doing it...I tended to "forget" I had the operation.
I will say this...invest in a wedge pillow. It was a life-saver for me that first week or so.
As of now, I am virtually pain-free. I have arthritis in my neck too, so I get a little pain from it, but everything else is doing pretty darn well!


  • That's GREAT TigerLady!

    How long has it been since you had your surgery?

    My surgery was pretty much the same; I had a hemi/laminectomy at L5-S1. I woke up when they were wheeling me into the recovery room and I could tell the difference right then and there. But, this is about you - not me.

    I am so very happy for you! Thanks for checking back with us to let us know how well you are doing. It does a heart and soul good to hear these success stories!

    (Geaux Tigers! I'm an LSU fan... you?)
  • I had my surgery on August 20th.
    I don't know about everyone else, but my doctor did not prescribe physical therapy? Is that weird, or the norm?
    I know it did me a world of good to hear the success stories before my surgery, so I *had* to post mine too!

    No, not an LSU fan, just LoVe tigers. :)
  • I have never had neck surgery, but I did have back surgery; I was not prescribed PT afterward. So, can't really say if it is the norm.

    I love tigers too! ANY cat, for that matter - big or small. And, uh - I won't hold it against you that you aren't an LSU fan ;) .
  • Thanks for sharing Tiger!

  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805
    I'm 2 plus years post-op of a fusion to C3 thru C6. Congrats to you on your awesome outcome. My fusion was a success also but due to other problems, I still have issues that are no fault of the surgery.
    Like you I did not have physical therapy and I don't think that is unusual. I believe being the neck only supports the head and to prevent further damage they do not prescribe PT, just my opinion. I did have PT after my lumbar laminectomy to help strengthen my lower back muscles.
    Take care,
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