47 Hours Post ACDF C4/5 and C5/6
Just a brief check in after my surgery. Doc said things went very well -- no surprises. I was wrong -- he did not use BMP, says it causes too many problems in cervical spine, just donor bone and plate.
1st 24 hours were not a lot of fun, but that is to be expected. My urinary tract was not responding, so needed a catheter, but that resolved quickly. (Nothing like incentive!) Biggest problem was right side of throat, where incision was, and muscle spasms upper back and shoulders, as many here have described.
Did enough laps around the floor yesterday that doc sent me home last night about 7 PM -- about 34 hours after surgery ended. Unbelievable . . . next step will be "drive through" ACDF!
Pain is not too bad right now -- I'm trying 250 mg Vicodin every 6 hours. plus muscle relaxant. Throat soreness up to my ear, swallowing and the spasms are biggest complaints, but really not bad for so soon after surgery. I am hopeful that the surgery worked -- once these spasms die down a little bit, I'll be able to tell better, but I am cautiously optimistic.
Thanks for all the support!