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One year post-op ACDF

Greetings all- A year ago I underwent 4 level (C3-C7) ACDF surgery. My recovery has been nearly incident free and I am pleased and satisfied with the results. I have had absolutely no reoccurring pain that I experienced seven years before the surgery. Obviously my range of motion has been decreased. It’s difficult looking down – not cool when I drop food on myself and can’t see it. To see behind me, I have to turn my torso and no longer just my head. I still have some sensation loss near the incision site. The scar is barely noticeable. My fusion has progressed well. I do have a screw loose (I know, I know), but my surgeon is not concerned. I have experienced a mild tingling sensation on the left side of my face, but this occurs only occasionally and then only lasts for a minute or so. Also, my singing voice was screwed for 7-8 months, but is returning, though I now have a lower range – odd, huh? But all in all, I have no absolutely no regrets. My greatest joy has been that I can now ride my bike (daily commute of 10 miles) with no discomfort or pain. If I can offer any advice to those who may be facing a similar surgery, they would be 1.) Follow your doctor’s advice to the letter and 2.) Seriously consider the suggestions of others on this wonderful forum. – Good luck to all and Thanks!! –Steve in Chicago
steve in chicago


  • Bill-i-amBBill-i-am Posts: 9
    edited 09/07/2013 - 9:31 AM
    Glad to hear you are doing well. It is always good to hear encouraging stories instead of all the bad one's. I am 6 mos. post-op from acdf at c6-7 and am also progressing well. Keep us updated. Blessings to you going forward!
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