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Hello everyone!

I am having ACDF C5-C7 surgery on 03/13/19. Surgery will be out of town and I'll be there for 3 days. I am feeling optimistic about the surgery. I am wondering about the level of pain after surgery. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks <span>image" alt="image" alt=":smile:" alt=":smile:" height="20" />" height="20" />" height="20" /></span>



  • 3masongirls

    welcome to spine-health

    as you know everybody is different especially when it comes to pain. i had acdf c4-c7 in feb. 2018, i woke up in much less pain than i was in before surgery, the main discomfort i had was my throat where the breathing tube was, that lasted for about 3 days before clearing up. the one piece of advice i have is to be sure and keep up with your exercises after pt, i did not do a very good job of that and now i am playing catch up. while waiting on other members to reply, please join surgery buddies, you will find other members having surgery in the same month. good luck and keep us posted.

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  • I had the same surgery and needed pain meds for 3 days afterwards. I didn’t have a sore throat but I could tell exactly which direction my esophagus was retracted during surgery! ( surgeon said it was the first time he heard anyone tell him that lol) but the soup would go sideways after swallowing but that resolved after a few days. One thing I caught in your post was your having surgery out of town? Insure you take PLENTY of pillows for the ride home! It’s hard to get comfortable for awhile!


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  • Thanks for the advice. I will definitely take a lot of pillows. 

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,364

    Like Chip suggested, please join March Surgery Buddies where you and others post about your surgery and recovery. Below is the link.
    March 2019 Surgery Buddies 

    Take care and hope to see you there.

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