Hello, I had an L4/L5 discectomy 10 years ago, which I recovered from with no major issues. Day before yesterday I had a c6/c7 fusion. I'm having lots of pain swallowing and severe stomach pain probably from no visit to loo since op but then I had problems before when I had the L4/L5 surgery - so I made sure I went before the op. I was home from hospital 24 hours after surgery. I have a surgical strip and plaster on my neck and no neck brace - I've taken a week off work and need to visit neurosurgeon in 2 weeks time. I'll let you know how it goes.