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Recovery from ACDF with 4 children

I'm scheduling my C4-C7 ACDF on December 31st. I have 4 children aged 13, 10, 8 & 4 and I'm just wondering about experiences others have had in taking care of their children after this kind of surgery. I know everyone is different but while this wont be my first surgery, it will be my first surgery dealing with my spine. With all my other surgeries including c-sections, I haven't had much help at home and have had to go back to taking care of my children the next day no matter how hard or painful it was. I guess I really didn't realize how serious of a surgery this was until I started doing more research on it. As of right now I will have help with my kids for about 2 weeks after but will probably be on my own taking care of myself, but I don't think that should be a problem. Is this a realistic approach or am I in for a shocker? I've been dealing with this for years so I am concerned about permanent nerve damage. But surgery is my last hope, I'm only 32 but would be happy if it even cuts my pain in half.


  • Since I only have 2 kids (9 and 11) and I'm only 8 days out from a 3 level ACDF/corpectomy, but lemme tell ya....my first C-section was WAY worse than this surgery. I'm sore, but nothing the pain killers they gave can't control. I think the difficult thing is that you shouldn't do anything, which is really hard not to do automatically as a mom, as well as not being able to drive. I'm trying hard not to even load the dishwasher because of the bending and reaching.
    I know everyone has their own experiences and results of surgery, so I hope yours is as easy to handle as mine! Hopefully other people can give you advice after the 2 week mark, since I'm not even there yet. Hopefully your older children and any other adults in the house can be a big help!

    ACDF w/Corpectomy C3-6 12/8/14 ; Laminectomy C3-6  5/19/2016

  • I'm hoping for the best possible outcome, don't we all. My first c-section was a monster too compared to the two I had after that. If mine is the way yours seems then that puts me at ease a little. I know alot of it is not so much about the pain as it is not messing anything up from resuming things too quickly. Which I have a tendency to do. My past surgeries have taken twice as long to heal as normal because I had to resume things so quickly. Thanks for your input anyways, it helps.
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