I'm preparing myself for neck surgery (2-level ACDF) and have several questions. I'll be alone most of the time so will need to do as much as possible myself. Thanks in advance for any feedback.
1) It is hard to brush your hair after ACDF? If yes, have any of you tried using long-handled combs and brushes? Did they work? (I've found several of these online.)
2) Similarly, what about brushing your teeth? Is that difficult after surgery?
3) I keep reading that swallowing is difficult after surgery and don't really understand this. What makes it hard to swallow - pain, swelling, muscle weakness, or something else???