Wanted to check in and let you know I had my C5-6 ACDF with donor bone and titanium cage yesterday at 7am, and was home by 3! I'm in a soft collar for 2 weeks, and will go in next Thursday for X-ray and 1st Post op. My surgeon said my herniation was "massive" (his term) and had punched completely through the ligament that usually will contain them somewhat. I had a lot of bleeding, but am really doing fine. Slept in about 3 hour intervals in the recliner last night, and found that when I had numbness or discomfort in my arm, getting up and walking around for a few minutes seemed to handle it fine. Gave my own sink bath this am, and can't wait for day 4 when I can shower. Am able to move arms pretty freely, but know I need to limit my movement so my neck stays neutral. Think my biggest issue is going to be keeping myself from doing too much, since I really feel pretty great.
Thanks so much for the info and support you guys have provided. I definitely didn't want to do this, but feel so much better already, and appreciate all I learned on this board! Don't want to stay on the computer too long this soon, but just wanted to check in and tell you all I appreciate you!