Re: having acdf on the 24th, what foods to eat after?
I was prepared by getting popsicles, pudding, yogurt, applesauce etc. I had my surgery on a Thursday, by Friday evening I was having a think steak - chewing it very well. I still had some sore throat symptoms but overall we ended up with popsicles that are still in the freezer in my house (5 months later). So if you have someone to shop for you, buy some soft foods to last a few days and then see how you are doing to see if you need more or are back on a regular diet. I still ate carefully in the first few weeks (the thought of not being able to swallow or having to cough up food kept me being careful) but overall did very well within a few days of the surgery.
C5-C7 ACDF 5/2006
Rt thumb fusion '13. R&L thumb arthroplasty '12 ; RT TKR & Bilat CTS' 11. Fusions: L5-S1('87), L4-S1('93), C5-C7('06), L3-S1('10), C4-C5('13). C5-C7 foraminotomy '08