I had 2-level cervical disc replacement surgery (C4/5 and 5/6) on 2/23 with the Mobi C device. I found very little information when researching this procedure, so I wanted to share my experience in case someone else might find it helpful.
After 2 years of pain and trying everything I could think of, including 2 epidural injections, I finally decided to go the surgical route. My surgeon and I decided that fusion surgery was not the right choice for me for a number of reasons, so I went with disc replacement instead.
The Mobi C is currently the only disc approved by the FDA for 2-level replacements, and I had heard about people having difficulties getting their insurance companies to cover the procedure since it is so new compared to the fusion approach. I have BCBS (Texas) and was approved for my procedure in just a few days! I feel very lucky that this part went so smoothly, since I was in a lot of pain and my quality of life was pretty low.
My surgeon, whom I chose because he had performed thousands of this particular surgery through the clinical trials, operated out of a private surgical center as opposed to a big hospital, which ended up being a really amazing experience (for what it was) and did not cost me any more. I would highly recommend this if it is an option for you.
Anyways, like many others, I was told that recovery would be no big deal, and that I might have side effects of "tightness" and "a sore throat" for a few weeks. Luckily, I had done my research and knew that this might not be the case. When I woke up from surgery, I was already full of pain meds and feeling fine. I had a morphine drip and was given hydrocodone if I requested it and soma (muscle relaxer). Unfortunately, something made me extremely nauseous and the vomiting made my neck and throat pain quite awful. I felt like I was being tortured and I wanted to die.
Luckily, this passed after several hours. I didn't sleep well because I was woken up for my vitals to be taken every hour, and I was discharged the following day after managing to keep down some jello and crackers. I was sent home with a prescription for soma and hydrocodone, a breathing contraption that would help prevent me from developing pneumonia, and some leg cuffs that inflated and deflated to keep my blood circulating (and which felt really good!). Outside of being told not to get my incision wet for a few days, not to lift more than 10 pounds, and not to drive until I stopped taking narcotics, I had no other instructions.
On post-op days 2 and 3, I took my medications as scheduled and slept a lot. Waking up in the morning without meds in my system was awful.. Terrible pain in my throat, neck, and down into my shoulders. I could only eat soft foods, and Popsicles and ice cream were the only things that helped my throat at all. I also realized that I needed to write down the medication schedule and when I had actually taken them, because I started to get confused and accidentally took too much.
Day 4 I removed my bandage and showered for the first time. My incision looked really amazing! My surgeon did a great job. Still some pain, but definitely decreasing and well managed with my medications, as long as I took them on schedule.
Today is day 5 and I am doing great! Still some pain in my neck and a bad headache, but I can get around really well. I've been out of bed, sitting on the couch, walking around the house, taking care of myself almost like normal. I have been very careful not to lean or bend too much and to ask for help with things like putting my socks on. I don't want to push it, especially since help is available. I had planned to go outside for a walk today, but the weather is super cold and rainy, so I postponed that outing until tomorrow.
So, overall, I disagree with my surgeon's "no big deal/tightness/sore throat" description of recovery. But in general, I feel like things are going much better than I had imagined. My husband has mentioned that I have been wheezing and making strange breathing noises on my sleep though, so if anyone has any experience with this, I'd love to hear about it.
I can continue to update on this forum if people are interested, and I can also post pictures of my incision if that is helpful. Just let me know!