ACDF surgery upcoming in 4 weeks here in Palm Harbor FL. Kinda nervous about recovery and returning to prior activity level. My neurosurgeon says I will have 15% loss of forward head mobility and good risk for adjacent joints to deteriorate in future. I love to golf and downhill ski and hope I won't be restricted from these recreational activities after fusion takes place.
3 level fusion is serious business and I know its necessary to prevent further myelopathy...Symptoms are right arm radiculopathy and back neck and mid-upper back pain on a scale of about 6.
Any recovering patients lose their abilities to return to non-contact sports/recreation. If so, what and how do you feel about it?
Nuff for now. Awaiting some replies,
ps: thinking of getting a hospital bed for home for the first couple of weeks, what do you say to this??