I have joinied in hope to offer some support and experience to anyone that has had similar surgery to me.
28 May 11 I was dumped in the surf onto sandbank and ended up with unstable c1 fracture with avulsion to transverse ligament and a c1-c2 fusion with rod and bone graft. Surgery wasn't an option.
I have recovered well and returned to work 3 months later. I have restricted movement left and right turns at 45degree and clicking in the upper neck turns, PT is fortnightly and intermittent massage helps when stiff or aches.
Happy to share experience where I can