I had a 2 level C4-6 with bone and plate. Wearing Miami J 24x7 for 5 weeks , i go friday to dr. for followup. Not sure what to expect myself on if the collar comes off, I sure hope so. I work in office lots of computer and stress, i haven't gone back yet, have been working from home a couple hours day. Will probably try to return around 2/14 (6 weeks) unless dr says no. Surgery was a success for me, prior i was on 2400 mg neurontin and major pain meds round the clock. No i am down to tylenol and maybe 1 vicadin a day, 2 one a bad day. Some days none.