Hi everyone. My doctor's office gave me this website as I'm going to have surgery on Tues 1/6. I wasn't expecting to go "under the knife", but given the other alternatives, this was my best option. I've been reading the posts and have a couple of questions. First, I'm having ACDF on C5-6, C6-7 with bone replacement and metal plates. I will not be given a neck brace, collar of any kind. Here are my questions: if you follow the doctor's directions, how long does it take to start driving again?
I don't have a recliner and read about the Bed Wedge. Which is better the Bed Wedge or Several pillows? The pain/numbness affects my dominant arm, will it take long to be able to start doing small things with my arm? The numbness is in the bottom half of my rt arm, would a grabber be useful? Also, I'm currently enrolled in an online course, will I be able to type, or should I have someone do that task for me?
Lastly, would you do the surgery again? I've suffered from neck problems since 1998 after I got whiplash. Am looking for relief. Thanks for reading!