I am scheduled to have a level 2 Posterior Cervical end of September. I have many questions about the surgery and recovery. The doctor makes it seems like a relatively essy procedure. Here is a little background and how I got here. I am 28 been having pain in neck, back and hips for several years, I am not sure how it happened. I have had facet injections, steroid injections, the relief has always been short lived. I ssw a orthopedic surgeon at University of Kansas Medical Center several times beginning about 4 years ago, he did several injections and eventually said surgery was in his book the last option, he really didn't want to proceed down that road as it would be a major surgery. So I went back to a local orthopedic surgeon I had seen years ago. He immediately felt surgery was the best option, I would have an anterior cervical lamnioplasty, he set me up for a mylegram, two weeks later hsd sn appointment ti duscuss results abd schedule surgery, after the mylegram he discovered it was worse then he thought, the surgery was now going to be a level 2 Posterior Cervical Fusion, he said i just one night on the hospital, really made the entire process and recovery pretty y straight forward and not so bad. Ieftt his with a soft collar to bring with for post surgery. I want to hear from others who have been through the same pricesure, surgery everyone is telling me its a rough recovery, that I will need mire then a week off which is what I have scheduled. Will I be able to make e a 2 hour road trip to family reunion 2 days post op. We have a very hyper border collie /kab mix and a smaller dog that is hyper and high strung as well they run and jump on everyone, should we consider finding someone ti take for awhile. My mother in law thinks I am not fully understanding the extent of the surgery, that my surgeon has not given enough information and he is misleading about recovery. She thinks I should have arranged at least 6 weeks off from work, the family reunion 2 days post op will not be possible, and our dogs will ve to risky to have under foot during recovery. She thinks I will be in quite a but of pain for awhile. I love her, I know heart is in right place but i can't help but think she maybe overreacting. When she watched our 3 year old and 7 month old when we went to orthopedic surgeon appointment for myelgram results and to schedule surgery, when we told her surgery was happening, she had so many questions, several I could not answer. What exactly am I am in for? I have heard anterior would be easier recovery, is the difference that significant. I am very nervous.