I am exactly 1 year post-op after a two level ACDF with corpectomy. I have no complaints and it feels like the surgery has been a textbook success.
I used to visit this forum a lot prior to my surgery and I promised myself to give an update after 1 year. I was scared a lot prior to the surgery and had difficulty with my patience after the surgery as well. But finally, I am soooooo glad I had this surgery.
A huge bag fell on my head, there was a pop sound and I kind of collapsed immediately. MRI showed two prolapsed discs and Myelomalacia at C4-5. I was too scared to have the surgery and lived with pain for 1 year. When the symptoms started to worsen (I began to develop twitches in my arms), I had no option and went for the surgery on July 4, 2013. I woke up with no complaints except for a servere burning in my arms and that lasted for nearly 4-5 months. I visited my neuro surgeon at 10 days and 3 months post-op. At 3 months, he said, fusion was still not complete and it would take another 3 months. I have been on limited physical activity since my surgery. I only take a walk daily for half an hour and do some basic neck exercises in the morning. I only took Gabapentin for first 3 months to help with the burning in my hands and then weaned off slowly.
I understand everybody heals differently but I hope this helps anybody who is discouraged and scared of the surgery.
I don't know if i need to check on my fusion. May be I need to visit my neuro surgeon to just thank him for this wonderful surgery.