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ADCF C5 C6 C7 post op

tk9910ttk9910 Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Surgical Procedure:

2 Level Anterior Cervical Dicsictomy Fusion (ACDF) aka “Payton Manning Surgery”

Recovery Process

End of Week 1
Level 2 pain with muscle stiffness anterior of c1 to t1 & pain at C6 C7 radiating to left and right anterior shoulder joint, tolerating light activity. Pain Medication 300 MG nightly. Wound is healing with slight swelling noted on up entire length wound.

End of Week 2
Level 1 pain with muscle stiffness anterior of C7 & T1. Tolerating light activity. No longer taking pain medication. Wound has healed. Driving and daily rehab.

Lessons Learned:

Build up muscles prior to procedure if possible
Hydrate as much as possible the night before the procedure.
Get up and walk as soon as possible after the procedure
Painful to swallow, drink as much water as possible
Home Sleeping accommodations stomach sleeper vs. back sleeper


  • Hi tk :H ,

    First let me welcome you to Spine-Health. You have found a wonderful website. Lot of friendly people here as welland lot of great information. The best thing here is that we all understand and can relate to what each other is going through.

    Looks like you are coming along just fine =D> ! I am so pleased to read that you are doing so well so soon after your procedure. You are one of the fortunate ones. I had a 2 level ACDF AT C5/6 & C6/7 in 2009. Took me longer than 2 weeks to get with again. Just don't get in a hurry and let your brain get ahead of your body :))) . Don't wan't you to start going backward!!!

    Again, welcome aboard. We're glad you decided to join us. Please keep us posted on your progress.

    Rassy's Story
    Under House Arrest Without the Ankle Bracelet :-)
    The remarks I make are strictly my own based on my personal experiences.
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