My history and 3 weeks Post Op below. http://www.spine-health.com/forum/treatment/back-surgery-and-neck-surgery/3-weeks-post-op-acdf-2-level-c5-c6
6 Weeks Post Op.
Okay, went to my 6 Weeks Post Op today, gave my surgeon a hug, he was a little surprised and said "wow, getting a hug is good especially Post Op"
Anyway, PEEK Cage was used during my surgery, I'm not sure if the "fuse" time is different using different materials, incision was good, X-Ray looks good, all screws and plate are at where they suppose to. I looked at my plate in the X-Ray and it's tilted in quite an angel, may be it's because I have a reversed neck curve.
No issue swallowing at all even with 2 long Tylenol, steaks and other food all good. Off of all pain and muscle medication 3 weeks ago, No more hard collar but need to wear a soft collar for a few more weeks (especially if I ride in a car). Clear to drive short distance to start, range of motion is not that good at this time. PT starts tomorrow to rebuild the strength of my right arm (I asked the surgeon for it) . not sure how many session I will need.
No neck and arm pain (never have pain prior to surgery) other than a slight click or two when I move my neck more up and down, but then I couldn't move my neck for 6 weeks, I will try to sleep in my bed now and get my sleep pattern normal again. Back to work in 2 weeks, lifting limit is now 20 pounds. next appointment in 3 months... seems like things are getting back to normal slowly, but I still need to remember recovery is ongoing for the next 6-9 months for the bone to heal/fuse completely.
Wish everyone have a great recovery.