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Help me realistically plan post op ACDF

Please help me plan what one level ACDFwith cadaver bone will look like. I just turned 36 and have a 6 week old. I know no lifting over eight pounds. My surgery is March 31.

So can someone bring me my baby and with a boppy pillow/ breastfeeding support pillow on my lap can I hold and nurse him? I will only take breastfeeding approved pain meds (I have taken hydrocodone and codeine while breastfeeding). But will holding with support and laying in bed on my side to nurse him be OK?

My neurosurgeon's nurse said holding baby is fine but I need more info from someone who has had this provcedure.

Laying on my side for 20 minutes at a time being still is a must 24 hours post op. I can pump and discard the heavy duty meds milk while in the hospital.

I *could* delay surgery. It is my choice. I have DDD spondylosis mildly flattening the cord and moderate stenosis of foramen and nerve root. I have good days and bad days. Bad days make me want to crawl in a hole and not face the world because of pain. If I delay surgery I will have a fatter baby to hold.


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