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I will soon be having anterior cervical discetomy & fusion--C4-5C5-6

maryqmmaryq Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I'm not happy and very fearful of having this surgery as I have COPD & use a C-pap for sleeping. Any good news out there would be helpfull, I new 5 yrs. ago, but had no problems then, so refused surgery. maryq


  • Hi, I had an acd 2 levels about a year and a half ago. Like you, I was scared to death. The Doctor had told me if I fell or was in a car accident, I could end up paralyzed. It took a bad fall, after my dog ran me over, to finally schedule surgery.

    It was not bad. I only stayed overnight at the hospital due to the late surgery time. I left first thing in the morning. I did not have much pain following the surgery . The worst thing for me was swallowing. Since they move the trach, and esophagus over to do the surgery, you may have trouble swallowing for awhile.
    Stock up on soft foods like yougurt, soup , etc.

    I actually took an eight hour car drive by myself, (with doc approval )about 3 weeks after surgery.

    As long as your doc knows your history with copd it should be ok. They may give you some respiratory treatments before and after surgery. I also quit smoking about a month in advance of the surgery and after.

    If I can be of any help message me. I can offer support since I've been in your place. I wish I knew about this site before my surgery!

    Go for it... My neck and arms have never felt better. Wish I had done it sooner.

  • I had acdf 4-5 a few days ago. I left the hospital the next day. My the inside of my throat is actually not sore! I am doing pretty well, just having a lot of headaches and muscle aches in my back.
    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
  • Wow Donnabe, sounds like you are doin great! My biggest problem was the swallowing. I have often wondered why they don't give you liquid meds after this surg. I had to crush them up and mix them with somethin.
    Hope your recovery continues to go smoothly! :H
  • Same here the swallowing was the worse for me.
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