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cervical surgery

dandonddandon Posts: 6
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Had ACDF at level C6 - C7 on Feb. 24th. the surgery went well. Had a broad based disc herniation and due to slip and fall @ work last spring. Pain was not near as bad as i thought it would be. Alittle sore when swallowing and soreness and slight pain between shoulder blades but nothing major- had worse pain before surgery thats for sure. No cervical collar and little restrictions given. Had read many times on different sites about how horrible this surgery was and was scared to death. I also had carpel tunnel surgery done at the same time on left wrist. I had a artifical disc put in so maybe that made a difference too? I had to go back to work in 2 weeks as my employer said i didnt have enough hrs for full FMLA.. Think that was pushin it but had no choice and Dr. released me with a 10 lb weight resrtiction. 4 wks out and still have some pain and achey feeling beween shoulder blades and nerve pain in right thumb and wrist which was there before surgery, only way worse. Every situation is different, I just wish I would'nt have put the surgery off so long because of fear.


  • welcome to Spine Health.


    It is good to hear that you wish that you hadn't waited so long to have your surgery, and that the recovery hasn't been as bad as you feared. I am likely to be having an ACDF in the future and it is good to read an encouraging story.

    You have gone back to work very early in your recovery and I wonder if that has led to the pain and tight muscles. My neurosurgeon has told me that I will need to have 3 months off work after my two level ACDF. I am a teaching assistant so perhaps all the bending and looking down that I do in my job is the reason for that.

    Just to make you realise how early you are in your recovery, my neurosurgeon told me that we wouldn't know how helpful my surgery would be until 6 to 12 months afterwards.

    Keep healing.

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