Had my 3 level ACDF Monday, Jan 22.
Surgeon said the surgery went very well and they released me from the hospital the next evening.
The recovery for me has been pretty rough because of severe pain between my shoulder blades that then travels into my shoulders and down into my elbows. It is happening less now but when it starts in, it gets pretty bad.
I finally let my docs up my pain meds because I just couldn't handle this kind of pain.
Swallowing is rough at times as well. But slowly all is getting better.
And this collar is a PIA! They gave me one to shower with. But after the first time, I just shower without one. I am very careful to keep my neck in a neutral position as well.
Also whoever posted to use a silk hankie inside the chin area of the collar, I can't stress enough what a great idea that is.
Anyway, I just wanted to check in and let everyone know I am doing well. And my pain is under control and I'm doing better.