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  • JNMLondonJJNMLondon Posts: 1
    edited 05/24/2013 - 12:40 PM

    I'm due to have either an ACDF or if necessary an anterior cervical Corpectomy and fusion in 3 weeks and I don't know what to expect.

    Is post-operative pain terrible?
    Will it help to have a collar after surgery?
    I'm a 50 year old guy living in London England and freaking out

    Would like to hear other people's experience. I don't what really to expect.

    Thanks in advance

  • Don't worry jubin. I had 4 level acdf, c3-c7, on April 22. I've been back to work for 2 weeks. Really could have gone back after only 2 weeks if I pushed it. My wife and mother made me stay home that third week. They were likely correct. ;-)

    Pain was very tolerable. And the meds work well. I took them regularly for a week. A strong dose before bed.

    My doctor did not have me wear a collar. In fact very few restrictions. Biggest thing was to avoid testing range of motion. Don't try and turn neck to extremes. Oh and no lifting anything heavy.

    Just had my 1 month follow up and all is good. No roller coasters for a year, otherwise go live your life.
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  • KreevesKKreeves Posts: 5
    edited 05/30/2013 - 12:43 AM
    I am getting ready to head in for surgery... Nerves are a little jittery, but i know I will be feeling better very soon.
    ACDF C5-7: 5/30/13
  • TerryWTTerryW Posts: 1
    edited 07/12/2013 - 8:31 AM
    I just found out yesterday that I need to have C5-7 ACDF. Before yesterday I did not even know what ACDF was. I am a bit nervous, but can't wait to feel better! I'v been in pain too long. After reading some of your posts, I feel less nervous. Thank you all for posting some great post surgery suggestions. I am so happy to be part of this blog.
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