I have enjoyed reading the posts here! I have a scheduled anterior cervical fusion c5-c6 on August 11th. I am trying to prepare myself for what to expect during my overnight hospital stay and during my recovery. I am a nurse (neonatal) and not sure how long to expect to be off work. The doctor is using an artificial bone graft and hardware brackets that look like "greater than" signs. Any suggestions, advice, is greatly appreciated.