After reading so many posts that have problems I feel lucky. I am 3 days post op for ACDF for c4-5 and c5-6 and I feel great. Surgery started at 7:40 am and I was awakened in recovery at 9:10 am. By 9:45 they were ready to send me toy room but they had no nurses to care for me until 11:00 am. Once they settled me in, I asked for cherry Popsicle and jello. Swallowing hurt like having a sore throat with an earache. But the ice water, Popsicle, and jello tasted and felt great. Nurse stated that I would get food at supper. But, lo and behold, here came lunch. Wasn't much could eat but the fruit(mixed), coffee, and coffee.
My next step was to get up. BR twice with nurse and then I took a walk with my hubby. The remainder of my time up was on my own. I bet I could have gone home. However, I needed to spend the night because of drain that needed to stay in until next morning plus 2 courses of 2 different antibiotics via IV that took 4 hours each and 12 hours apart.
I had almost no pain and even now very little. Occasionally, I have minor shoulder and arm pain.
My biggest problem is the lump in my throat and swallowing. My NS nurse CNP explained that the lump is the fusion plate positioned behind the esophagus and that with time my brain/body will accept that change. It just has to learn.
I know this was lengthy but wanted those that are apprehensive about surgery (I was) that there are people who have little trouble like me. My doctor only requires the soft collar when I am being active, in a car, out walking, or out in public. My other limitations are the 5 lb wait limit for six weeks and no strenuous physical activity including housework, bending, stretching overhead etc. This will be hard for me because I feel great but will follow for a good outcome.