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ACDF Recovery Planning

stubblesstubble Posts: 1
edited 11/24/2014 - 3:39 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi All,

I'm considering having a two level ACDF procedure done (C5/C7) in the New Year and am trying to put together a viable recovery plan.

One key question for me at the moment relates to pain meds immediately post op. Here in the UK it's not possible to get morphine prescribed outside the hospital environment but I have bad reactions to many other meds (Tramadol in particular)

I'd be interested to know what pain meds people here used in the first month and what the effectiveness of these were as this may inform my decision whether to go ahead now or wait longer before committing to surgery.

Thanks in advance.

Jon - London, UK


  • Hi Jon,

    I've just had the same procedure at C6/C7 with a titanium cage being inserted (no other screws and stuff). I have had oramorph (oral, liquid morphine) prescribed by my GP, but that was at the outset when I first injured myself. So, it can be prescribed from my experience.

    After surgery I had a local anaesthetic in my neck (apparently, I was still asleep) and that must have helped. After the surgery I was prescribed paracetamol and ibuprofen with the occasional dose of oramorph. Honestly, the paracetamol and ibuprofen have done a pretty good job and I haven't been in much pain. The other day I over did it and I spent yesterday feeling sore, but always manageable on those drugs.

    My issue now is when do I know when I am back to normal? That's the hardest bit in my opinion, as I feel fine. I then go for a short walk and I'm feeling battered and bruised again. I have to remember that there's a lot of healing and fusion that needs to take place now. This for me is the harder part - striking a balance between moving about enough at the same time as not doing too much.

    I should also add I was lucky not to suffer too much from any throat problems afterwards - I needed to cut my pills in half for the first few days as swallowing was made harder by not being able to tip my head back.

    All in all I'm very glad I had the surgery and haven't found the experience to be too painful. Sore, yes, but always manageable.

    ACDF C6/C7 with Titanium Cage
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