Surgery went well, but there were a few complications - C7 was harder to get to than the surgeon anticipated, and C4-5 & 5-6 were more collapsed than shown on imagining, so there was more jack hammering than originally planned.
Surgery was last week Wednesday July 11, 2012, I was finally released late yesterday Monday July 16th - I spent 2 days in ICU before being sent to the Neuro/Spine, and I feel like a troupe of elephants is practicing a tap dance routine between my shoulder blades.
I feel absolutely wretched, though my incision site doesn't hurt, and I'm able to easily swallow liquids and smooth foods (anything that requires chewing is difficult). I don't think that my surgery was "normal", they had to give me a diluded pump that continuously fed me dilauded 24h/day with the ability to give myself more every 8min, in addition to shots of 4mg morphine every 2-3h to attempt to counteract the pain. They sent me home with 3 different pain pills and valium for the muscles.
I feel better than I did right after surgery, but I hurt constantly, and could scream from the frustration (I spent most nights in the hospital awake & sobbing from the pain. I did the same last night (first night home).
Very glad I was sent home, I was afraid the next person who told me "don't worry honey, you'll never have to go through this again" was going to be severely beaten with my cane or the new walker for failing to read my chart - I have an upcoming lumbar fusion & 2 SI joints to have done in the coming year - STFU about the worst being over.
I'm a little grumpy, thanks for letting me vent
PS Any ideas on how to kill those damn dancing elephants????
Slipped on a wet stair case the morning of 10/31/11, landed flat on my tush & blew up my spine & both SI joints.
3 level ACDF C4-C7 7/11/12 (collapsed discs & severe cord compression)
lumbar fusion to be scheduled once healed from ACDF