Just got home from 4 level ACDF, C3-C7 using four cages and BMP yesterday at 8am. (8-17)
So far, I've had little or no swelling and was up and walking yesterday afternoon with a little bit of nausea.
I had scrambled eggs for dinner. Scrambled eggs, grits, and cottage cheese for breakfast with prune juice
I was already on Tramadol and Neurontin and I doubt I will need my new RX of Xycodone after today and tonight. (I'm also on a boatload of other new meds: steriods for a week, muscle relaxer, antacid).
I am up and around at home with a little neck pain around the incision and shoulder blade muscle spasms but all my arm, shoulder and wrist pain and tingling is gone
I hope this helps some of those with the trepidation I was feeling last week. I do expect to run into some complications and challenges along the way but this surgery was really a piece of cake compared to what I thought it would be. (Way easier than a c-section,ladies!)
Anyone else out there have a good experience with 4 level ACDF?? I can't wait to go back to PT but have to wait two to four weeks.
Valgal, 48 years old, mom to two sweet boys ages 5 and 6.
Diagnosis: Broad based disc protrusions C4-5, 5-6 and 6-7, anterolisthesis C3 on C4 second to facet DJD. Multilevel degenerative cervical spondylosis with kyphosis centered at C4, disc osteophype complexes C3-7, Multi level foraminal stenosis.