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ACDF Recovery

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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:57 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Ok, any help please,I had ACDF Tuesday,it was suppose to be one level,but when the Doctor got in,well it was alot worse than mri showed,so Now im fused C4-C7,instead of just C5-C6,and im having alot of discomfort,cant sleep,when I fall asleep I wake up with the worst sore throat,I know everyone heals differant,but how long does the throat usally hurt and start easing up?


  • Welcome to the other side. You've had a very big cervical surgery and really need to expect a fairly lengthy recovery, especially with three levels fused. It might take at least a few months to feel decent again, but we all heal and feel better at different rates.

    Sleeping is difficult after surgery and you're still very early out from yours. Do you sleep in a recliner? I couldn't sleep flat for a few weeks after my surgery and found my recliner to be the best to get a few Z's at a time during the night for a while.

    As for the sore throat, that really differs from person to person. All you can do is eat what you can and wait for it to feel better. You're allowed ice cream for breakfast after an ACDF, so that's the good news. My throat was sore, not awful and I could swallow solid foods, but it took a couple of months for it to feel better. It took about six months before my raspy voice went away. Always keep some iced water near you with a straw and sip away to keep your throat from getting dry. You can also suck on some candies to keep it moist, as long as you don't fall asleep while eating one.

    Try to measure your recovery in weeks, not days, or it may be very frustrating. Also, start walking as soon as you're able, starting with short distances then advancing to longer and longer walks as you can. Walking is the spiney's friend. Also be sure to take your meds on schedule to keep your pain as low as it can be - if it gets ahead of you it's hard to get it back under control.

    Take care and I hope you feel better soon. Please keep us posted.
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