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Recent ACDF on three levels ! Hi !

aseacaaseac Posts: 6
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:58 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi there,

My name is Anne and I had a Anterior Cervical Discectomy and triple level fusion on Nov 23rd, 2011. ( 2 and a half weeks ago ) - C4/5, C5/6 and C6/7 !

I fell in March and after 5 long months of pain , numbness , weakness in arm , hand and right foot and leg , a NS suggested that it was the only thing left to do. I am SO glad that I listened to him. I had 3 herniated discs which were causing radiculapathy and myelopathy.

Prior to the op, I had no quality of life, was doped up on Pain tablets ... I couldnt use my r hand at all.

The operation was a long one - 7 hrs , however the NS and is staff said that it went to a ' textbook ' ...and it was ' successful ' ...two phrases that anyone likes to hear !

I developed a reaction to the Philadelphia Collar 3 days post op and it was removed. Havent worn any sort of support since then, and sometimes I feel like I should, yet I have been re-assured that .. no , my head wont fall off .. etc . I was told if I feel that I need to , just wear soft collar in car or when support needed.

Can I say, that 2 days after surgery , 2 weeks ago, I could feel my hand for the first time in 6 months ! You dont know how happy I was ... I cried.

Its only been two weeks and 2 days since surgery... I came home on day 7. Pain up and down, mainly at wound and at back of neck. Managable with standard pain tabs and a stronger one of a night. Hand getting better every day.

Can I let everyone know , that in my case, its the best thing that could have happened having the surgery ...and I am looking forward to a better and healthier 2012.

Regards from Australia




  • It is such a wonderful feeling (literally and figuratively) when things go well. I wore a hard collar for a few days and then a soft collar for a few months and when I felt worse. It gave me support emotionally and physically. Enjoy your summer. Here in New York we are getting ready for winter.
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