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Anterior Cervical Discectomy - Info Please

sparkledctssparkledct Posts: 120
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello everyone. I was so glad to find this site and what looks like a wonderful support group. I am hoping someone can give me a little bit of information on the surgery I am having on (of all days) April 1st. I want someone honest that can tell me what to really expect. I am having the above listed procedure with a cadaver bone and the metal plate C6-C7 area. I have a job I work (sitting down) 10 hours a day and am the single mother of 3 kids (6, 11, 15)Can someone tell me How much pain I am going to be in, seriously. How long will it take till I can take care of the house/kids on my own. Also I am a singer and I am so worried what is going to happen to my voice. How much work will I miss. Some people have told me 2 weeks some have told me 4. Just need some guidance as I am slightly freaking out right now. I have degeneration along with bone spurs that are pushing on the nerve root (terrible neck, arm pain with migranes numbness & weakness) Any info is appreciated. Thank you so much. I only have my mom for support and am worried what I will be able to do on my own.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,833

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    I have had both lumbar and cervical surgeries. For me, both of my ACDF (C4,C5,C6,C7) two separate times were much more successful then my other lumbar surgeries. I had almost immediate relief from the pain and discomfort I was feeling prior to surgery. I wore a hard collar for about 7 weeks, 24x7. Then I start physical therapy.

    I opted for my own bone graft, plus for me what was very important, I donated blood prior to surgery.
    This way (and they did need it) they used my own

    I worked as a computer programmer and had a 1 hour commute. Then increased the time I was out of work.
    By the end of the 3rd month I was back part time and after 5 months, full time.

    But remember, my surgeries were back in 1994 and 2000. A lot has changed in the procedures today.
    Things are done quicker and easier today

    Years later, for the most part I am trouble free. The only times I do have problems is IF I overdo something or do something I shouldnt have.

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    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
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  • Thanks for everything you guys...
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