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I had ACDF and PCDF of C2-3, 3-4, 4-5 and 5-6 on March 29th. I wore the Miami J hard brace for three full months and have just been out of it for less than a week. I wore a Phila******a collar when showering for the first six weeks. I could remove the hard collar at night when sleeping. I had a 10 pound weight restriction and still have weight restriction. I had grafting and titanium plating front and back. I had a 3 inch incision in the front and a 6-1/2 inch incision in the back, both of which have healed beautifully. I am still in pain, although I am improving every day and feel so much better than I did before surgery and the first month after surgery. I am 74 years young and my NS was amazed at how well I am doing. I am doing almost everything I did before, although I had to give up my life-long profession of medical transcription as it was contributing to the stress on my spine. My whole spine is affected with spinal degeneration and osteoarthritis, but the neck region was the worst and the danger of paralysis was the determining factor in my deciding to have surgery. It was no picnic and I am still a long way from being completely healed but I know by doing what the doctor says and taking care of myself and getting proper diet, exercise and rest, I will continue to improve. Good luck to all who have had this surgery recently or are contemplating having it. I still take Percocet and Flexeril every day, although one a day of each whereas when I first had surgery I was taking both every three hours, so that is a great improvement in itself.

God Bless and Good Luck :wave:

Pat





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