Hello to all
I am finally scheduled for my acdf surgery on the 8th. I am hoping to be pain free & the nubness gone. I am concerned with the whole recovery & healing process.
The surgeon tells me that I should be able to return to work for a couple hours at a time in 3 to 4 weeks. This is good as no work no pay. I am hoping to go back sooner. Is that possible?
I have 3 bad discs & he is fusing just 1. I asked why he couldn't fix them all at once. I didn't understand completely but something like a 3 level fusion would leave my neck very stiff & limited movement. Does this mean I'll have to have the others fixed in the future. I've heard that fusion can weaken the discs abouve & below.
What do I do when I get home?
Any supplies I should have on hand?
What was helpful to you?
How were you able to sleep?
Medications? They do send you home with something? I have vicodin 7.25 that doesn't cut it now.
Sorry for the ramble, just very nervous & lots of ?s. Never had a surgery before.