Just had surgery 3 days ago...went home day after. Eating, walking, resting(1st time 2yrs). Find myself asking the wife "did I really have surgery?? ". Interestingly...not much discomfort let alone actual pain. No neck brace. They used durabond on the incision site w/ drainage tube under that, they yanked that out and put a bandage over the hole before I left.