I think everyone's outcome is different, but for the most part pain should
subside after surgery. Numbness/tingling and nerve issues may or may not resolve.
For me, I am 4 months post-surg and my pain definitely is gone, except for some aching at times and a heavy feeling. I don't take any pain meds. The numbness/tingling in my left hand has somewhat improved, but is still there. I have regained some reflexes that were not present before surgery.
ACDF c5-6 (donor bone, plate, screws)