I can't tell you how glad I was to find this forum. I am now 2 weeks post-op for a C5-C6 ACDF. I realize that there are many different methodologies and devices used for ACDF surgeries and I am thankful that the device used in mine was not the typical titanium plate that causes so much distress to the esophagus. Within two days after surgery I was eating pizza!
What I'm most interested in now is finding out the chances of returning to my active lifestyle. For me, this is the most depressing part of this. Most perturbing is that I can't seem to find anyone out there who is a surfer and also has gone through this surgery. Of course, surfing isn't the only activity that I'm passionate about; however, it is the one activity that I am MOST passionate about (LOL). Along with surfing (over 25 years) I also enjoy the following: Skateboarding (which I now realize will probably not be in my repertoire anymore), scuba diving, soccer, swimming (at least 4 times a week, long distance), cycling, rowing at the local club here in Tampa (I've also been rowing since I was 13) and, last but not least, martial arts (jiu-jitsu and Tai-kwon-do).
So, are there any other surfers out there that have successfully returned to the water following recovery after an ACDF? As well, can you please share some helpful PT tips that I can follow and timelines, too? Any advice and help is greatly appreciated. As of now, I feel very much alone in dealing with this and quite frankly am more than just a little scared.
John in Tampa -