I am 6 mos. post op from acdf with instrumentation at c6-7. I have had a very good recovery. From a couple of days after surgery I have been pain free and all the numbness I had in my arm and hand is gone. My neurosurgeon is very careful and made me wear a rigid collar for 3 months but I am glad he did. I went back to work three weeks ago in a very physically demanding job as a truck driver. I am glad that I had the surgery even though I was terrified after reading all of the horror stories online.I Thank God for a skilled surgeon, the support and prayers of my family and friends in my recovery. I look forward to the future. God is good!