This is my attempt to journal and share my recovery efforts following a single level ACDF so that others might have some sort of guide as to what they might expect following surgery. I realize that everyone starts at different points and takes different paths so your mileage may vary.
My goal is to post at least weekly until I reach a post level of recovery similar to my pre-injury status or until I no longer progress.
- 46 male, 6' 0" (post surgery) 200 lbs (about 10-15 lbs heavier than normally put on since the injury)
- I work mostly in an office setting at a computer with rare cherished visits to the field
- Exercise and health have always been very important to me and I would have to really adjust my definition of what quality of life is if I were not able to be active. I do it for health and enjoyment.
- Pre-injury I worked out 6 days a week consisting of running, swimming, biking, and strength training. I competed on a personal level in running races, sprint triathlons, and obstacles course/mud run events. I also spend time on the water sailing, surfing, and kayaking. I enjoy backpacking and am section hiking the Appalachian Trail with friends a couple times a year.
C7-T1 ACDF 12Dec2013