I wanted to post my experience since this site was extremely helpful when I was researching all the good, bad and the ugly of ACDF. My surgery was on May 23rd and I must say my experience was not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I went into surgery with the plan of C6-C7 and ended having repairs of C5-C7. I stayed in the hospital for 1 night and left the next day on my terms around 7pm. I came home and I will say that sleeping in the bed was the worst part of the recovery. I took my bandage off after 2 nights and now only have the steri-strips with the Aspen collar. I've reduced my pain meds (oxycodone) from 2 tablets every 4 hours to 2 tablets once to twice a day. I think I can change to tylenol shortly with no problems. I do have a scratchy throat, but it's tolerable to swallow meds and foods 3 days post surgery.
My current challenges considering:
Should you have any questions, feel free to ask. I omitted lots of the details, but wanted you to know what my current state is and what you could possibly experience.
Stay blessed and I wish you all a speedy recovery!