I just had the C6-7 ACDF performed on Monday, 3/7. They removed the disc and put the titanium plate with screws to hold a donor bone graft. It seems to be successful. I suffered with a bulging disc for 20 years, and last month I herniated it, so I went forward with the surgery. It's only a couple days after the surgery now, and I still have some tingling and numbness in my left hand. My question is, does anybody have experience with this? Could it be normal that this will go away in time, or can anybody give me some advice about what I might experience over the next few weeks as a result of the surgery?
The positive part is the overwhelming majority of the pain in my left arm and hand is gone. I haven't had any occurrence of turning my head the wrong way where I feel like I really screwed something up - wearing a Miami collar. I've been walking a ton around the neighborhood and no problems from that. I've also taken myself almost completely off the pain killers that I've been on steadily over the last 3 or 4 weeks. I go in next week for the x-ray and talk with the surgeon.
Main question is does anybody have experience with this residual numbness and did it eventually go away completely?
Secondarily, I've been taking the collar off to shower. When I take the collar off, it doesn't hurt any more than when I have it on, and that seems like a good thing to me. Any precautions anyone would like to share with me about the value of wearing the collar constantly?
One last thing - does anybody have any recommendations for keeping the incision free of problems and minimizing any scarring? It's covered with Dermabond now.
Thanks very much for any info you all can provide.