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ACDF C4-6 on Friday

Hello, I'm new here and basically just seeking some information from anyone who has maybe been through this before. A car accident more than 1 year ago led to me facing this procedure on Friday. I am having allograft with stem cell packing and a plate, and an overnight stay in the hospital following.

I am already a chronic pain patient with other medical conditions. Acetaminophen and IV Morphine are both contraindicated in my treatment, and my biggest concern is with what type of pain relief I can expect post-op. I currently am on a q6hr regimen of Roxicodone 10mg that I've become pretty tolerant to, and the idea of having uncontrolled post-op pain scares the hell out of me. Sadly, the PA who did my pre-op appointment said "the surgeon will decide what we can give you" and I received no further information and am at a loss as to what to expect.

Is it true I will have a raspy voice and difficulty swallowing? Or does this only happen in a percentage of cases? My paperwork says I can drive 3--5 days post op, with my hard collar on, but to me this smacks of lunacy. So soon? Could this possibly be a logical choice if I "feel up" to it?

Any information, suggestions, experiences welcome, and thank you for your time. :)


  • Some have no issues post-op, some do. With my first throat was very sore, couldn't sing for months, voice is a bit hoarse and the best thing for me to eat was peaches, loved canned peaches. that was my left side, with my second surgery it was on right side a little over a year later. My throat wasn't as sore, still like peaches and could sing without bad cracking in 2 weeks, softly of coarse, but overall my throat felt better, however since second surgery I developed severe obstructive sleep apnea and on the plus side, I hardly ever get a sinus cold, don't think I've had a bad cold since. When I lay on my back I can hardly talk, hard to explain, but something closes off and it is difficult to breath and talk at the same time. Dr.'s say not related, but I know differently. I have heard great things about some recoveries, some have complete success, wish I were one of them. I was told not to drive for six weeks, my surgeon was in the top 10% of the nation in his field. He's a good Dr. I was just more messed up than expected, not his fault, at least I don't want to wrap a chain around my arm and have it ripped off by a semi-truck any more....smile.
    Oh, be careful with the pain killers, I was on them three years along with nerve blockers, anti-depressants and anti-seizure meds and finally said enough was enough and went off all meds, pain won't kill me as fast as those pills would.
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