It was difficult for me to find recovery experiences prior to having this surgery so I wanted to post my experience to hopefully benefit others. I had a herniated disc at C4/5 and c5/6. I was in tears getting out of bed with left shoulder and arm pain for months so I decided to have the surgery done. I'm 8 days post op today.
Day 1: The surgery was at 8am and took about 2 1/2 hours, I woke up fairly quickly after surgery, not in a lot of pain. The pain I had been in for months was immediately gone after surgery. I was eating and drinking just fine and was released from the hospital that day. The soreness from the procedure started to kick in that night. I slept about two hours at a time and did end up getting a total of eight hours, I had to wake up that every two hours to take a pain medication. My throat was very sore it felt kind of raw so is very difficult to swallow and my neck on the right side where they went in was very sore from the procedure. I also had some discomfort in my shoulder blades.
Day 2: I'm not going to sugarcoat this day, I was extremely sore all day and just wanted to rest. The worst was definitely the raw feeling in my throat and I'm feeling in my throat and difficulty to swallow so getting water down was a task but doable. Coughing hurt pretty bad as well. I used pillows and a neck pillow and prop myself up and got a really good night sleep which helped this night
Day 3: 48 hours after postop things were starting to very slowly Improve. my throat still hurt the most and don't get me wrong everything else is still sore but I could tell it was starting to get better. I continue to rest a lot this day.
Day 4: I started feeling like a human being again. The soreness was drastically down in my neck and shoulder blades, still there, but much much better. My throat was still pretty sore but not quite as bad as it was
Day 5: My sore throat wasn't raw feeling anymore just a little muscle soreness feeling in my throat and the neck swelling and soreness had gone down to almost nothing. After a couple hour nap in the afternoon I was able to go out to dinner, have a full meal and sit for an hour semi comfortably.
Day 6: I felt amazing. Don't get me wrong I could still tell I had surgery just a little stiffness and getting my neck motion back, but I did start driving the stay very comfortably.
Day 7-8: Still feeling amazing, get tired after a couple hours of activity, still uncomfortable to sit for very long time so I do understand why I'm still out of work