I am 8 days post op from an ACDF at C4, C5, and C6. Spent Monday night in the hospital and was discharged Tuesday morning. I am in a Miami J Collar until at least April 19th, my next doc appt.
My BIGGEST complaint so far is my throat. I know they inhibit you during surgery, and I also know as they move your pipes around during surgery. It just feels like someone boot stomped me on the throat, but besides sleeping time, its manageable.
As for other pains, I really don’t have any. My shoulders/neck area gets tired out, but other than that nothing really to point to.
My surgeon said out of work 8-12 weeks. I am thinking, really, at this point? I seriously am not feeling that bad, but again DON’T WANT TO PUSH IT, I know.
What was your recovery like? I am wearing my collar at all times but will say it doesn’t stop ALL movement, but I try and be as careful as I can.
Once the collar is off, what was your neck like? Did you need PT? Is this the bulk of healing time? I don’t want to count my chickens before their hatched and all, but I wondering why so long in recovery if I am feeling so good?
Also GOOD NEWS, Smoke free Cold turkey 8 days! The thought of lighting up repulses me!