Newbie here! I am having ACDF 5/6 & 6/7, very nervous that this is 23 hour outpatient surgery. My NS said best case scenario I could go back to work in 2 weeks (desk job) my pain specialist & primary care doctor basically laughed at me when I said that. They seem to think more like 6-8 weeks. NS also said collar for 12 weeks, but I have read here that some people don't have collars at all?? Besides the neck pain, I also have lower back pain with numbness in leg (has to be put on the back burner because neck is more severe)- NS said I may notice some relief in my lower back/numbness after surgery. Has anyone else had both issues and received relief in their lumbar after ACDF?
Any insight and recommendations for recovery would be greatly appreciated.