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ACDF surgery soon! Nervous!

LorriannLLorriann Rhode IslandPosts: 9
edited 02/02/2016 - 6:49 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi all! Im having ACDF ( c5-c6) soon. Does anyone have thoughts on what I should do ahead of time to prepare? How long the recovery time is? Any information is helpful! Thanks!

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  • I personally had c5-c7 on jan 13th and am recovering great. I bought some sore lozenges  (used them on the 1st day) i got jello and soup because i kept reading how painful your throat would feel after surgery. I had none of that. People were saying sleep in a recliner,  got one and slept comfortable in my bed. So i prepared myself for tge worst. But i am 1 of tge lucky ones with bo pain or complications. Good luck to you. And try not to over think it
    C5-c7 anterior cervical discectomy and fusion
  • Sue 1965SSue 1965 United KingdomPosts: 115
    I had C5/6 on 211215..I also bought loads of lozenges but used hardly any-I only had the sore throat for a couple of days..I have had a lot of post op shoulder and neck pain that in the first couple of weeks did make sleeping difficult.Some days are better than others but my pain does seem to be getting better now-its only certain movements that hurt..I tried to go back to my office job at 6 weeks but ended up being signed off for a further 4 weeks by my GP due to the amount of pain I was in.At home you feel ok as you aren't doing much and when you get back even if you think you are doing very little-it is both tiring and painful..I was really worried about the op too but was strangely calm on the day-the worst bit of the op for me was afterwards-the sickness due to anaesthetic morphine etc.Take care and hope all goes well.Feel free to ask any specific questions.Sue

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  • I had C5-6 fused on 12/14 and recovery was not as bad as anticipated.  I ate a grilled cheese sandwich within several hours of the surgery.  When I got home, I pushed things too much and made things worse than they would have been. Someone recommended using straws to drink for a while to avoid putting your head back.   Hopefully you will receive good verbal and written instructions when you are discharged.  Best of luck to you.  Donna
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