I had ACDF of C6/C7 yesterday. Just got back from the hospital this morning. Surgery went kind of strange as I received a phone call the day before telling me to report at 5AM instead of 9AM. Well I reported at 5AM like instructed (we have an hour commute to the hospital) and when we got there, no one else was there. Waited until 5:40 until the first nurse showed up. Got a bad omen sign when she told us that they start at 5:45.
Well I got in at 5:45 and from there it was a whirlwind. It wasn't a wait around for everybody to get it together thing. I was taken to surgery at 7:15AM and in the OR at 7:30. The anesthesiologist tried to intubate me while I was still awake because my neck is large and he was afraid that it would close up if I was out. Needless to say that I gagged the 2 times he tried to do it while I was conscious. It took him another 1 time to do it while I was out.
I guess that my experience is atypical. I woke up from surgery and could immediately tell that it was a success. The shoulder, neck and arm pain was GONE. The only thing left was some hand pain. The stiff neck I had when I went in to surgery was gone. I couldn't believe it. The surgeon was very happy with the surgery as well. He told me that it is rare that he gets a case that the damage on the MRI was what he found when he got in there and that it wasn't worse. Surgery only took 45 minutes. The only things that are sore today are the incision cite and some muscle cramping in the back of my neck. The sore throat from the intubation is worse than those though. My surgeon is an awesome guy though he doesn't spend a lot of time with you. He checks in with you at least 3 times after surgery on the day of surgery and twice the day of discharge. Answered all questions completely and honestly. Didn't use the "I am god" attitude and is generally a nice person. If you are looking for a surgeon in the Upstate NY area near the Binghamton,Elmira,Syracuse area, send me a PM and I will email you his name and number.
I am not bragging by any means but offering words of encouragement to people that surgeries can go well. I have read many stories on here that things were worse than planned and that they aren't recovering well, and etc. Well there are small glimmers of hope that surgery can go as planned.
Well I am off to Percocet land...