Hello.......first post on this forum. I had ACDF surgery Dec 10th, 2013, about 3 month ago due to severe spinal stenosis and bone spurs. I was first diagnosed with this problem 6 years ago by a neurosurgeon after an MRI and opted not to do the surgery after reading the horror stories and many posts on various forums including this one. Also, everyone told me "don't do it, neck surgery is risky and try therapy, chiropractors, etc. My shoulder and arm pain went away and only flared up occasionally that was controllable with Advil/Aleve. Last November I woke up with a pain in my right shoulder blade, took an Advil and went outside and did yard work, tree trimming, etc. The next morning I couldn't use or move 4 fingers on my right hand.
Needless to say I freaked out and went to the doctor, had another MRI and was told I needed the surgery ASAP then got a second opinion. So despite all the negative posts and horror stories, I had the surgery by a qualified neurosurgeon at 11am, Dec. 10th, was home by 9pm and maybe took pain meds for 2 days then switched to Tylenol. I had slight neck/throat discomfort for a few days, was walking around and driving within a week going out to dinner. I have had more pain and issues with a root canal.
Moral of this long story (sorry), I am typing this with my index finger since my fingers have not recovered yet. My advice to anyone putting this surgery off......DON'T. I am going to therapy 3 times a week and praying I can get full use of my hand back.
Thanks for reading.