I am 6 days post op.
I am posting this because when I was doing my research for ACDF, most of what I found was negative.
I am a 49 year old male who is in decent shape. For several months I was experiencing neck pain that radiated to my tricep and forearm. I received an injection and that helped my pain, but it is a temporary fix. When they went in to take out my disk between c5 -c6 there was only 2mm left. The Dr jacked both my c5-c6 and c6-c7 back to 8mm.
I had a complication after surgery due to blood clots. I have been on Coumadin for 8 years. They kept me for a couple extra days for precaution. I had the surgery Friday 2-27-15 at 4:pm. I left the hospital Monday afternoon.
I came into my office half days Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I plan on working a half day today. I have been off pain killers for 36 hours and now just on Tylenol.
The biggest difference I have found among spine surgeons is the use of the collars. My doctor wants me in a hard collar for 6 weeks. I have friends who have had this surgery and their doctor said 2 weeks. I have read some doctors don't want you in one at all. I have a friend who is a spine surgeon and he recommends a week or two.
Here are some recommendations.
Have a positive attitude.
Get some straws, makes it easier for drinking at first.
Take stool softener after surgery.
Take small bites and have water ready to wash food down.
Try and get back to normal life as soon as you can.
Hope this helps.