Good day all. First of all, this is an excellent forum and thanks to everyone for the very helpful posts. I had a work accident in July, 2014 and have been off work since. A month after the accident I had an MRI and it showed C6 - C7 disc bulging causing the classic left arm pain and tingling, as well as chronic pain in the C-spine area. ( I started going to physiotherapy immediately after the accident but it only made it worse. I am on meds which help but just a little) I saw an orthopaedic surgeon not long after the accident and he referred me to a neurologist who I finally saw yesterday. He says I need the ACDF surgery and is referring me to a neurosurgeon. Hopefully I will see the surgeon soon because the pain has gotten worse since the accident. I know there is risk involved, I have thoroughly done my homework on this topic but the pain in both my arm and cervical spine area is chronic. I have seen many ortho and neuro surgeons over the years ( lumbar spine issues) and they always say they won't operate near the spinal cord until a person can't handle the pain any more. I have a very high pain threshold but I can't take this any more. I will take the risk and get this done asap. I can stay in any position for a few seconds to alleviate pain but it returns. Sleeping is drug induced or I wouldn't sleep at all.
Anyway, my question is: What is the average recovery time? I would imagine months due to the bone graph, etc.. Also, will I be able to return to work afterwards? I am a 55 year old construction worker (residential and commercial). Like I mentioned above, I also have major disc issues in my lumbar spine from a 1984 accident (disc herniation) so the area from L3 to S1 is in bad shape from disc compression and arthritis.
Thanks kindly and any thoughts are greatly appreciated.
Have a good day!