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Having ADCF in two days

BgravesAUfanBBgravesAUfan Posts: 6
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:45 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am having multi-level ACDF surgery on Monday June 28th. I am anxious to have it done but am also terrified! Just need some reassurance!!!


  • I'm having a fusion with instruments at L3/4 & L4/5 on Tuesday, so I know how concerned you are. I hurt all the time except when sleeping so it's hard to get the things done that I need to get done. I do have a very supportive husband and daughter which really helps. I have been using the list at the top of the board for pre-op and post-op and have found it very helpful.
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,111
    I can tell you my experience and remember everyone is different but from the moment I woke up the arm pain was GONE! I stayed overnight in the hospital and was kept medicated and comfortable. Once I was released to go home there was one thing I found I could not live without and that is straws. I had to wear a brace for 6 weeks, soft collar while sleeping and hard collar while up. Since this is the summer months Ill tell you an idea that was given to me, my hard brace really began to stink around 4 weeks so someone suggested putting a odor eater foot pad lined in the back of my brace and it worked great. Do you know if you will have a brace? Some docs require while others do not. The first week at home I rested. After that I began walking daily ( You would not believe how much this helps the stiffness ) I think you will amazed at the relief upon waking, I hope your experience was as smooth as mine and good luck!
    Feel free to ask any questions you might have.
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  • I had an acdf June 8th, almost three weeks ago, wow the arm pain shoulder pain, thumb and forepinger pain all gone! I am so glad I had it done. I had my surgery at 11:30 and was home by 7:30 that eve. Hard collar by day and I could sleep without anything or as my ns said sleep however is comfortable. The first night I slept with the collar on. Remember after you feel better not to do too much, I still have muscle spasms and still take soma for those. I did feel like a truck had hit me the day after surgery but I would do it all over again to feel like I do now!! I had acdf 4-6. Good luck, hope you feel better soon. Lela

  • I can't comment on an ACDF but I had a lumbar fusion 14 weeks ago. I am so glad that I did have the surgery. I am so much better than before and am looking forward to getting back to a normal life soon.

    I have read lots of stories of successful cervical fusions, and am sure that people will post here to encourage you. I have noticed that the recovery from cervical fusion is much quicker than lumbar fusion.

    I have seen cervical patients come and go and been amazed at their quick recovery and return to work.
    Generally they say that their symptoms are gone when they wake from surgery, and all they have to deal with is a very sore throat for a few days and the surgical wound soreness.

    Hoping that your surgery will be completely successful, and that you will be one of the people who post here with a good story of how much better you are feeling.

    Do let us know how it goes :-)
  • Welcome to Spine-Health. You'll find a lot of information on this site, and the members of the forum are friendly, knowledgeable and supportive. I'm glad you found us.

    I had a 3-lvl ACDF (C4-7) in Oct. 08 and like others have said, I also woke up with all my pre-op symptoms gone. I was only in the hospital one day and the recovery went well. It can be a long recovery, but not too bad in terms of pain and such for some of us.

    There are also many members here that will tell you that the anticipation is worse than the surgery itself, me included. My doc gave me some Xanax in the weeks leading up to surgery to help my nerves because I was also terrified. But all went well and I'm hoping all goes well with yours as well.

    Don't hesitate to PM me if you have any questions or just want to vent to a fellow neckie.

    Take care and ask any questions you need to here. Also, check out the Post-op must haves at the top of this section. You won't need everything, but some things come in very handy, like the grabber tool and straws.

    Again, welcome to Spine-Health.
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  • I appreciate all the positive comments. I am just so nervous but know it is the right thing for me to do. I am worried about sleeping afterward, although I can't sleep much now anyway. I am just exhausted, in pain and ready for relief. Also concerned about the swallowing thing! But sounds like for most everyone, this is just temporary and more annoying than painful. I do have a supportive husband and my two girls will be helpful as well. I will even have my mom for a few days!! Thanks for the comments about the straws! I had not thought of that but makes so much sense.
  • Hi, I just wanted to let you know I had mine almost a year ago. I was glad to have it and sleeping afterwards I had a soft collar and actually I slept good. I just used alot of pillows :) You will learn what works for you and it may take a couple tries. The swallowing for me was gone by a couple days just felt like a sore throat (a bad one) but some continue for longer and some just a couple days. I found drinking alot of liquids worked. When I had mine I was kept overnight just in case of infection, but was out by the next day. I had issues with the morphine it made me vomit if I stood up that was my biggest issue. I hope all goes well for you and I know its easier said then done but relax and have a positive attitued. Keep us informed once you feel like posting :) Lori
  • BGraves,

    We will be thinking of you tomorrow. Hope that all goes well and that you wake up aware that your old pains have gone.

    Once you are able to post here, do let us know how you are doing. We will be here waiting for you :-)

    Allow your husband and daughters to spoil you :D
  • Wishing you the best tomorrow and hoping that you have a good day today!

    Spoil yourself today!

    Will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Looking forward to hearing how it is going when you feel up to posting!

    Take care!
  • I will keep you in my thoughts that all goes super! I had INSTANT relief when I awoke from my C5/6 - it was so good, I had happy tears! Here's praying that you find similar results!!


    So glad to see you are coming along fantastically! I knew you were doing good, but great to SEE your post confirming it! Congrats!!!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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