Hello all - I posted in another thread just last week "am I headed to the O/R" I wanted to begin a new thread because I saw so many out there I didn't want to reply to each thread. I'm 29 hours post-op and home already. I had a double fusion thanks to two generous donors. Had that ADCF thingy (or is it acdf)? Anyway the surgery is not bad and the only soreness I have is just a little in my neck and it's a tad sore in my throat. I officiate college II/III football and also work as a kicking ball official for the NFL and not expecting to miss any work time for the 2011 seasaon. I used the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia and was operated on by a "rock star" of spine doctors. My doc actually designed the plate that was inserted into my neck. For those of you local to the Philadelphia area they have a great little hospital adjacent to the office in Bucks County that's special for the institute. I went in 6am yesterday, operated on at 7, then returned home today about an hour ago. I will just tell you who are scared of this that the pain is not that bad. In fact it hurt worse than prior to the surgery so I feel LESS pain even though there is some there. Put it this way I haven't taken pain meds in at least 4 hours and sitting here sharing my story. I did the cortisone thing, followed by a triple foraminotomy, followed by this. Just understand I'm no medical professional but in talking with enough docs and therapists one thing is for sure we're all individuals and no two is exactly alike but for what it's worth I can share this is not to big of a deal. I'm 47 in excellent health (can't wait to get back to P90X), and don't smoke. Just some Miller Lites with the boys and that's about it. Of course I'm not out of the woods yet and have quite a way to go. I have a stimulator or something attached to me and will be there for 3 months to help the healing process. Insurance covers it as well. Good luck to those of you are waiting for a decision. My suggestion if there's damage there get the damage fixed. I heard these resolve themselves some times so that's a choice you need to consider. Cheers!
PS. One hint of advice! Do NOT use information here as a decision maker. Of course the public internet and sites like this are an excellent source of information but like my nurse told me for certain recovery I need to do things...1) stay off the internet getting opinions and having that shape my decisions, and two, listen to YOUR doctor. I just wanted to let you all know how I did and that it wasn't too bad. Good luck in whatever you decide. And if you're near Philadelphia check out Rothman. These guys handle Phillies, Flyers, Eagles, and the US Olympic team. I think they know a "little" about what they're doing.