Hi, I'm not looking for actual advice here as much as some insight and experiences some of you have had with the recovery for this surgery. My Dad (82 yrs. old) was just diagnosed with cervical myelopathy (with bone spurs between C3 and C4) and ACDF surgery was recommended. It seems recovery can be quite difficult for even a much younger person. What are your thoughts on this for an elderly person? He is in fair health but has developed issues with walking and balance in the last 6 months which may or may not be caused by the myelopathy (meaning the Dr. can't guarantee his issues will be fixed by this surgery). He has no issues with pain at all nor does he have any issues with his upper body (no indication of the problem in his arms). His legs feel much weaker and he has a harder time lifting his feet when walking and his balance is getting worse as well.
Does anyone have experience with an elderly person who has had this surgery? What sort of outcome and recovery might we expect?