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So here is the really good news:
I am 2 weeks post op for ACDF at C4, C5, C6. I feel good. Symptoms that led to surgery were numbness/tingling in left arm/hand. thats about 95% better.
Also Since the day before my surgery, so March 20th, I have now been smoke free!!! I dont even want one.
Anyhow, I know smoking can effect bone grafts, and some surgeons have you quit months before. Mine didnt give me the option. Surgery was needed "within 2 weeks".
Since surgery as i said I have quit, I have ate really really healthy, and have walked about 2 to 3 miles a day. Lots of veggies, lots of fruits, lots of vitamins, especially C and D. Should the effects of smoking not be such a big deal now that I quit while healing? Surely never having started would of been the best, but what can I say?
I have my 1st post op appt the 19th and am hoping to see good fusion bone growth is all. What I really want is OUT OF THIS MIAMI J Collar!