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2 days post op ACDF C5/6

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edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I'm doing pretty well.. Surgery took 2 1/2 hours, 2 hours in recovery , then off to my room. Morphine is great :) I can't have vicodin or codeine, so only percocet/darvocet for me for home recovery.
Stayed overnight in hospital, discharged 26hours post surgery. Slept ok, but not through the night.
No big pain, just neck/head/shoulder soreness. It does feel like there's a golfball in my throat and when I eat/drink I need to do so carefully as to not disturb the ball ;) I'm sure that will get better.
Took a shower today and hanging out on the couch. No neckbrace so I'm good.
I took pics of everything, but don't have them online yet.
Since I only had a one level fusion, i'm sure my recovery will be a bit easier. Bad news is I'll need c6/7 done eventually.

Any questions? I'll try to give you my experience with whatever :)



  • Hi Kimzkidz,
    Sounds like you are doing great!!! I am about 25 hours post op, C6/7 anterior fusion. I am doing really good, much better than I imagined I would be =) I'm just glad it's over, as I'm sure you are, now we can relax and recover! I just wanted to send you warm wishes and let you know you aren't alone in your recovery. Take good care of yourself my friend!
  • I have a question for you both: How old are you and how are the levels above and below the area that was fused? I am one of those unfortunate folks with multiple level degenerative changes, bulging and or herniated discs above the level that they want to do surgery on (C4-C5). So, I am very hesitant to let them do surgery now. All have expressed concern about the other levels going to pot needing another surgery later on. I am not sure what to do. Your advice would be appreciated!
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  • Hi Laura,
    I'm 41. I am fortunate that the discs below and above are in good shape. In my lumbar area though that is SO not the case. I think God has given me a little bit of a break in my cervical area because my lumbar issues have been a nightmare. I'm just hoping and praying that I can get some good pain relief from this surgery, the pain from head to toe is horrible. It sounds like my lumbar issues might be similar to your cervical issues in that my discs above and below are in bad shape, including DDD. My surgeon is going to try a spinal cord stimulator for the pain, he doesn't want to do a fusion just yet knowing I will most likely need further surgeries due to the stress on the surrounding discs.....UGH!!!! It is so frustrating isn't it. I wish you all the best!!!!!! If you have any other questions please feel free to ask =)
  • u two have such great recovery news and i think it will really help alot of others. i hope your recoveries continue to be better than even now and dont forget, u two dont over do it just because u might be feeling so go. what great news!
  • I wish you a speedy recovery. Take it easy. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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  • Hi Kim, sounds like we had very similar surgery experiences. I am 1 month post-ACDF C5C6 and my surgery/ hospital stay was pretty much the same as yours. Once home I slept off and on 24/7 for about a week. I was taking hydrocodone 7.5 and valium every 4-6 hours during that first week. It took about 8 days before I had a really good through-the-night-sleep. My surgery was on a Monday and I had that golf ball in the throat thing until Friday. I drank a lot of protein shakes and ate mashed potatoes, etc. Then magically Saturday morning the golf ball was gone and I demanded french toast =P~ !

    I have been very glad my NS doesn't do post-op collars. He wanted me moving my head from day one and I now have better ROM than before surgery and am nearly pain free. I went back to work (limited duties) after two weeks, and right now I'm pretty much off all my narcotics. I still use heat and ice when my neck and back feel stiff and occasionally take 2 Tylenol. It's weird, though....some days my neck really aches and I think I feel twinges down my arm and I start to get worried, and then the next day I'll wake up and it doesn't even feel like I ever had surgery or neck problems at all. I guess it's all the ups and downs of healing.

    My first post-op appt. isn't until Dec 11th, (7 weeks post-op) so I guess I'll see how the fusion is going at that time. Right now I feel like one of the "lucky ones" and am very glad I had the surgery. Keep us posted on your progress.
  • Hey KC,
    There won't be any over doing it for me, my recovery is way too important to me. I am so tired of all the pain, I just want this surgery to work so I have to do my part. Thank you for your kind words. Looks like you have been through alot, hang in there!!!!!!
  • We had surgery the same day . . . I posted in another thread for October/November surgery/recovery -- but am now just over 48 hours post-op for c5-6 and c6-7 fusion with instrumentation. It's been a good experience . . . no true pain -- just uncomfortable. I too have that "golf ball" in my trachea, but it's becoming less painful. I'm sleeping off an on but was up today and showered. I'm in a hard collar most of the time, but I can sleep in a soft collar. I have some muscle pain in my neck and right shoulder -- but otherwise, I'm doing very well.

    Glad to hear that your recovery's going well. You too, Lori!
  • I was wondering if you all had your own bone for the fusions or cadaver or something else? i am still trying to decide on that one. Thanks and keep up the great work healing!
  • First off, thanks for all of the well wishes!

    I also hope that those who have had surgery this week have a speedy recovery!

    I am 38 (mom of 3- 18,12,10) and play ice hockey 3 days/week. (well I should say PLAYED ice hockey, but I CAN play again in 3 mths per NS :)

    My c6/7 disc is bulging and dr said I will eventually need surgery. I did ask him to review MRI and he did so a week before as well as the day of surgery. Yep, it's gonna need surgery but not yet. Stated I was too young, etc. Lovely.. I'm NOT looking forward to another one of these surgeries.

    I used bone bank bone. Not that I really wanted to, but NS stated it's well worth any issues than to have hip pain, complications, etc. Neat thing is I rec'd a card giving instructions on how to write the "donor" family a note on how their decision of donating a loved one's tissues/bones, etc has affected me. I thought that was cool!.

    So far I have 3 dinners from well wishers to feed my family over the next few days, 2 gift cards for restaurants/take outs and 2 more dinners coming over the next week. So nice to have friends that care :)

    I'm a kindgergarten lunch supervisor and hope to return to work Dec 1st. I only work 2 hours/day and I think I might be ok. I have my follow up appt that day as well.

    Hope I answered all the questions. Sorry if I ramble or sound confused (I AM!) it's really the drugs :)

    Once again, thanks for the recovery wishes!
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