Re: ACDF Fri but no longer in pain?
The pain for a cervical fusion done via the front of the neck (ACDF) is MUCH less than for back surgery. The reason is for back surgery they have to go through muscle and tissues, with the ACDF there is far less tissue to disrupt.
I had a lumbar fusion in 1993 and vividly remember bad pain for an extended period. So, much like you, I was fearful of the recovery from the ACDF. I was happy to see how little real pain (comparitively) there was. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
C5-C7 ACDF 5/06 @ age 39
L4-S1 fusion with hardward 5/93
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