Re: How long after ACDF did you go back to work?
I had single level acdf c4-5 with autograft from hip on 11-23-04.. I'm a teacher, so my job isn 't sedentary, and isn't strenuous, but it's physically very tiring! I went back to work full time at 6 weeks post op. I ended up taking off 1 day a week for the first three weeks, due to a sinus infection and being exhausted! Since then I've been working about 50 hours a week, and am pretty tired most nights but ok. I started physical therapy 3 days/hours a week last week. My pain level is good most of the day, but I still take one vicodin daily for evening pain. Physical therapy has increased pain a bit, but that may go away soon as my muscles rehabilitate.
Hope this was helpful. Also, due to my plate and screws, I spent about a week in a soft collar.