I had anterior cervical disctectomy with plating and fusion yesterday. Surgery went well and took just over 2 hours and the surgeon told my family I have big discs - whatever that means.
Anyway, I was released today and came home. It is nice to be home. I am stiff in the neck and have A LOT of pain in my throat...swallowing is VERY difficult. I have an Aspen collar to wear when up and about and a soft collar to wear when sleeping. I am taken 5-325 Percocet every 4 hours and it seems to help a bit with pain.
I am assuming all of this is normal for the other post-op ACDFers out there. How long did you have to deal with the extreme throat pain? Also, for lounging around the house and while on the recliner, is it ok to wear my soft collar instead of the Aspen?
Thanks and hope everyone is else doing alright.