Two days ago I had a 3 level acdf with instrumention C4-7, cord decompression, removal of bone spurs one of which had perforated the cord lining. Went home the same day. My biggest complaint is fluid in my lungs from the surgery!! I can eat and drink fine with minimal discomfort. But was up most of last night trying to clear my lungs out. I have had this with other surgeries in past years but not this bad! Seems much better this morning. All the coughing scared me because of the type of surgery andy doc does not use a collar except in the car. Anyone else have this problem? What helps other than hot tea with honey?