My son had an ACDF at c6c7 with instrumentation, decompression and fusion last week. He was in the hospital for close to a week and in ICU or 2 nights before he was stable. He is now at home 1 week post surgery and is in lots of neck, throat and shoulder pain. It appears he is getting no relief from he underlying lower back and leg pain. He is very depressed, not eating and refusing to take any meds or come out of his room or bed. he thinks the whole surgery was a failure and his life is relegated to agony and no hope. Two questions: (1) can anyone speak to the issue of depression after ACDF surgery upon release from the hospital, and (2) how long before the operative pain in the neck and throat subside or at least is noticeably better and tolerable? As for the shoulder and upper left chest pain, the doctors think it was from positioning on the OR table.