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3 level ACDF

gramato3ggramato3 Posts: 11
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:55 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
HI I am new to this and am not sure what i am doing(computer illiterate) This coming thursday(25th) I am having 3 level acdf surgery. I am in an awful lot of pain with numbness abd tingling and know that it is what i really need. Hope I didn't wait too long. My question is after surgery i know they will get me right up and on my feet. I s there a lot of pain involved and for very long. I have heard all kinds of time spans and need an idea. I know each one is different, but can I get an idea, has anyone had this and how long before i can watch my 20 month old grandson again? Thank you .


  • First let me say welcome to spine-health. Have a look around and you will find many multi-level fusions including myself. As far as recovery goes it will depend on the reason they are doing the surgery, wether or not a hard brace is used, and what type of bone graft your using. One thing to consider when it comes to watching your grandson, is you more than likely won't be able to lift anything more than a gallon of milk for the first 6 weeks. You wouldn't want to do anything to jeopardize your healing as the revision surgery is far worse than the ACDF.

    Also you have to consider your current physical state as to how long recovery will be. Of course there are things you can do to help your recovery such as walk. Look on the net for walking and programs and start as soon as you get home. A good one is 10,000 steps. The other thing is to eat a well balanced meal to encourage healing. Also it will be dependent on how long you need pain meds, and when it is safe to drive. Some are off meds in a few days while others it is different, but that equates back to what the surgery is for, and wether or not you have permanent nerve damage or myelopathy.

    If your family needs a time line, I would suspect no less than 6 weeks at the earliest. Good luck on surgery and keep us posted as to how you get along. Take care. Once again welcome to spine-health.
  • I am 10 weeks post 3-level anterior cervical discectomy. I have been in a cervical collar aka neck brace for the entire time. I have been off the hardcore pain medication for about 3 weeks now. I still need flexiril for my back spasms at night. I also have fibromyalgia so I experience additional pain issues. I cannot drive with the brace and I am a working mother of three school-aged children. Initially, I did not care because I was entirely focused on my pain and recovery. However, I see the clouds opening and my pain receding in the distance. You will need strong support for the duration of your recovery including no cooking or housework. You should expect to let others wait on you and work on being healed. That is your job. Be sure whomever will be your caretaker goes with you to your pre-operative appointments so they can hear from the doctor's mouth what you will need. Pay attention to your pain and feelings. If you can, journal your pain levels and medication use. This is information you will need for your post operative appointments and while you are in the hospital. Ask all and any questions you think of because it's your body! Take care and God Bless you. You are in good hands!
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