I had an Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion at C4, C5, and C6 with hardware on the 21st of this month. Knock on wood, and unless I am missing something, recovery is going really well. I am still wearing a Miami J collar 24/7 which I hate, but I am up and around walking 2 miles a day.
First off, I dont have a follow up until the 19th of April. That seems forever. Has anyone had a speedy recovery over this surgery? Curious how I will do once collar is gone.
What about excerises besides walking? Anything else I can do? Treadmill scares me a bit with this brace on, but willing to do it. Just want to maximize my downtime with excercise. Oh and quite cold turkey 9 days ago!!!!! The thought of even smoking repulses me.
Any thoughts, advice, stories, etc would be GREATLY appreciated.