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I am wondering if any who come to this site have had a successful ACDF surgery and are you glad you did it.I will have to get this surgery sometime in the next two to three weeks.The MRI showed I have three different nerves that the canal that they are in has narrowed pinching on the nerves.He said he would go in and open up the canals the nerves are in but after doing this it could make my spine some what unstable and that he would recommend a fusion from C3 to C6 which I think is a three tier I believe.The surgeon said if he did not do the fusion it could cause problems with other nerves if he just opened the nerve canals only.My discs are fine and that is what bothers me is it is nothing wrong with my discs but he said he would remove the discs and replace them with plastic wedges that have bone in them and that it will fuse with my own vertabrae.I am hurting extremely bad in my neck and have been off work for five months due to the pain.I absolutely know it has to be done as I do not want to damage the nerves as a EMG showed my nerves are still ok.My doctor is strictly a spine surgeon and does a lot of spine surgerys and is the number one spine surgeon at the hospital it will be done at.He has been doing spine surgerys for 18 years and for 7 years was the chief spine surgeon at a Naval Base were I live at.He told me he could get me back to work in 2 weeks which I find that hard to believe.He told me he has had fighter pilots flying after three months and could even stand ejection if needed.He does use hardware and screws to also hold it in place.I know people who he has done surgery on and they said that they would not let anyone else touch them.Also checking on the internet he is also rated excellent.Any information would be great especially your outcome.I have read a lot of things people complain about and know what they are but I also know thousands are done each year as my surgeon is doing 6 surgerys next week and 2 of them are ACDF.Thanks so much for any feedback!
My C5-C7 ACDF was one of the easiest surgeries I've ever undergone in terms of post-op pain level being low (they don't go through muscle when they go through the front of the neck). When I woke up I had immediate relief of a large amount of the nerve pain I had going down my arm. I wish I had insisted he add C4 as that now needs to do that so my advice is say "fix any and all problems you find when you get in there as I don't want to have to repeat this in the future"
SpineAZ thanks so much for your experience with your ACDF surgery.I dont want to have the surgery as no one does but also dont want to have damaged nerves.While my neck hurts a whole lot the top of my chest hurts just as bad.I have some pain in the top of my right arm and a little in the left and the surgeon said all of this is caused by the nerves that are impinged.He said after I am healed I would be able to lift weights,hunt,and fish or anything else I have ever done.I am a Christian and am praying first and foremost for the Lord to heal me with a miracle but if he choses for me to have surgery I do know that he will heal me completely then.I see you have had many surgerys and my prayers are with you for your healing.
[QUOTE=vaslugger;4332773]I am wondering if any who come to this site have had a successful ACDF surgery and are you glad you did it.I will have to get this surgery sometime in the next two to three weeks.The MRI showed I have three different nerves that the canal that they are in has narrowed pinching on the nerves.He said he would go in and open up the canals the nerves are in but after doing this it could make my spine some what unstable and that he would recommend a fusion from C3 to C6 which I think is a three tier I believe.The surgeon said if he did not do the fusion it could cause problems with other nerves if he just opened the nerve canals only.My discs are fine and that is what bothers me is it is nothing wrong with my discs but he said he would remove the discs and replace them with plastic wedges that have bone in them and that it will fuse with my own vertabrae.I am hurting extremely bad in my neck and have been off work for five months due to the pain.I absolutely know it has to be done as I do not want to damage the nerves as a EMG showed my nerves are still ok.My doctor is strictly a spine surgeon and does a lot of spine surgerys and is the number one spine surgeon at the hospital it will be done at.He has been doing spine surgerys for 18 years and for 7 years was the chief spine surgeon at a Naval Base were I live at.He told me he could get me back to work in 2 weeks which I find that hard to believe.He told me he has had fighter pilots flying after three months and could even stand ejection if needed.He does use hardware and screws to also hold it in place.I know people who he has done surgery on and they said that they would not let anyone else touch them.Also checking on the internet he is also rated excellent.Any information would be great especially your outcome.I have read a lot of things people complain about and know what they are but I also know thousands are done each year as my surgeon is doing 6 surgerys next week and 2 of them are ACDF.Thanks so much for any feedback![/QUOTE]
I had my ACDF on May 26, 2010. I had terrible neck pain for over 10 years. Doctors told me I would have to live with the pain. However, I finally found a doctor who ordered the necessary tests. I had neck, shoulder, arm, and hand pain. The surgery relieved the neck pain. Now I am dealing with shoulder, arm and hand pain. Now I have a doctor who thinks it is another underlying issue dealing with the ulnar nerve. I am relieved the neck pain has improved, however, the neuro connected the shoulder, arm and hand weakness to the neck. I still have these symptoms. Doctors don't know everything. Finding the right doctor who is willing to help sort through and order the necessary tests is the hardest part. Once you find that doctor it takes time to figure out what is really causing all the pain. I am still in daily pain and taking the hard drugs to stay afloat. I am hoping I can resolve my problems soon. My physical therapist thinks I have a tear in my shoulder along with bursitis. I have had two cortizone injections in my shoulder and now elbow to tunnel in on the ulnar nerve. The ortho doc definately has ruled out neck correlation to my arm problems. I am glad I had the ACDF because my disc was pushing on my spine, and I was only getting worse as the weeks progressed. I wish you the best in your surgery.
[QUOTE=vaslugger;4332773]I am wondering if any who come to this site have had a successful ACDF surgery and are you glad you did it.I will have to get this surgery sometime in the next two to three weeks.The MRI showed I have three different nerves that the canal that they are in has narrowed pinching on the nerves.He said he would go in and open up the canals the nerves are in but after doing this it could make my spine some what unstable and that he would recommend a fusion from C3 to C6 which I think is a three tier I believe.The surgeon said if he did not do the fusion it could cause problems with other nerves if he just opened the nerve canals only.My discs are fine and that is what bothers me is it is nothing wrong with my discs but he said he would remove the discs and replace them with plastic wedges that have bone in them and that it will fuse with my own vertabrae.I am hurting extremely bad in my neck and have been off work for five months due to the pain.I absolutely know it has to be done as I do not want to damage the nerves as a EMG showed my nerves are still ok.My doctor is strictly a spine surgeon and does a lot of spine surgerys and is the number one spine surgeon at the hospital it will be done at.He has been doing spine surgerys for 18 years and for 7 years was the chief spine surgeon at a Naval Base were I live at.He told me he could get me back to work in 2 weeks which I find that hard to believe.He told me he has had fighter pilots flying after three months and could even stand ejection if needed.He does use hardware and screws to also hold it in place.I know people who he has done surgery on and they said that they would not let anyone else touch them.Also checking on the internet he is also rated excellent.Any information would be great especially your outcome.I have read a lot of things people complain about and know what they are but I also know thousands are done each year as my surgeon is doing 6 surgerys next week and 2 of them are ACDF.Thanks so much for any feedback![/QUOTE]
Well my suggestion is DONT do the surgery, try some alternative therapies, through physical therapy and pain management. I am 7 weeks post C5-C7 ACDF, with two tier titanium plates and screws and the plastic wedges to replace the discs. I had actually herniated one my discs and compressed the other. The pain in my Neck has been really bad since having surgery, and the pain that you will experience between your shoulder blades is really unbearable at times. My initial symptoms of left arm numbness and tingling are completely gone. It just seems I traded one pain for another. I had a appointment with the Neurosurgeon yesterday and a Cervical Xray. Everything looks fine from his stand point, but he says I should expect to have pain for 6 months and still need to be very cauious with turning my head. Turning my head from side to side can actually cause problems with the fixation occuring and cause me to have chronic pain for the rest of my life. Only being 33, this is not an option for me.

Expect to have to wear a rigid Cervical Collar for Two weeks solid and then intermitantly. The plates and screws actually cause the cervical spine to stretch and therefore the muscles from your neck to your shoulder blades will most likely be in constant spasm for up to 6 months post surgery.

Since your discs are not affected, as a Nurse and a fellow ACDF patient...I really would try to delay surgery as long as possible and try a conservative method. Not sure what type of work you do, but expect to be out for 6 to 8 weeks (even if you have a office job), and absolutely no heavy lifting for up to 6 months. The recovery time is very prolonged with this surgery.
Also, be cautious of a surgeon that is doing so many of the same surgery's in the same week. As a critical care nurse.....I have seen just how knife happy these guys (or girls) are. Even if he is the best in your area, get a second opinion..
I would have to say that my ACDF was very easy compared to most other surgeries I've undergone. I had minimal muscle pain/spasm post op, no shoulder pain or any pain between the shoulders, and immediate relief of some of the nerve impingement. I was in an Aspen Collar for 6 weeks, then back to work at around 7 weeks. It was well worth it and I don't regret it at. I did not have the same experience as Oncekawigirl. MIne was quite positive and I highly reccomend the surgery to those that have nerve or cord impingment.

I have very lax ligaments and tendons so I'm facing more spine surgery. But that's not something you have to worry about as my bones and joints are unique. So don't let my surgical history scare you.

If you have symptoms that are continuous and bothersome don't delay surgery too long. I did and I have residual numbness in my left hand index finger. I should have moved faster to have surgery and I might not have that ongoing symptoms 4 years later.
Thanks so much for the replys from all as they are much appreciated.I have tried all convential therapys and they barely helped.I went to a chiropractor for three months going 2 to 3 times a week consistently.I had 11 treatments of accupuncture with electricity applied to the needles.I had a neck epidural from my pain management doctor and it helped not at all.So I have tried all the convential therapys and none have helped completely get rid of it and my pain is terrible.From the time I get up until I go to bed I have a heat pad on my neck to help some along with percocet and Ibuprofen.Been off work for 5 months now so it has got to be done.I have in my possesion 20 pages of the MRI,S and Xrays in 3D from a special Xray machine called an Enos machine as my surgeon has the only one in Virginia.I know people who have had this surgeon operate on them and they said they would never go to another surgeon and a friend of mine who is a RN at the hospital he does the surgerys at and she said he is really good and highly recommended.He spent one hour with me and went over every page of MRI,S with me and showed me exactly what is wrong and only surgery can fix the narrowed nerve canals that pinch off the nerves in three places unless the good Lord heals me first.Like I said this surgeon does only spine surgerys and nothing else as that is his speciality.Hes been doing it for 18 years so he has lots of experience.Thanks so much for the replys!
Sounds like you have found a well qualified surgeon and you are a good candidate for the surgery so you don't spend every day in such pain. Please let me know if you have any questions along the pre or post surgery process.
I'm only a few days out from my 2 level ACDF but I'm considering it a success! Prior to surgery I had severe weakness in my left arm, burning pain down my arm, numbness in my upper back and fingertips. The pain was so bad I had stop working while waiting for surgery and was living on narcotics which weren't coming close to touching the pain. I had the surgery done a few days ago and woke up with every single one of those pains gone! I do still get the occasional muscle twitch but no pain. I do have the pain while swallowing and choking while eating and drinking but that is getting better each day. I trusted my surgeon completely and I do believe that the surgery was successful.

I also wanted to add that I completely agree with Spine about having everything done at once. One of my levels was not bad enough on it's own to warrant surgery but my surgeon felt that it would require attention (surgery) in the next few years if left untreated. He wanted to do that level at the same time as the level that did require immediate surgery to avoid another surgery in a few years. He was very certain I would be back in a few years with major problems from that level. I really appreciated his honestly and willingness to fix it all at once.
I had ACDF C5-C6..I guess my opinion goes both ways. I really had to choice but to do the surgery. I herniated the disc, it was going down into the spinal column and was almost to the middle of my shoulder blades by the time they found out what was wrong. By the time they found the problem both left/right arms, hands and fingers were numb/tingling and weakness along with shoulder and neck pain. It started affecting my lags and my balance. What I do regret? I knew that I might need more surgery but it seems to be sooner than later. All of my discs are either bulging or protruding yet the doctor only fixed one. Now I am back to square one. Constant headache, neck pain, left arm and both shoulders hurt. Not including that left arm still have weakness and hand/fingers on left still numb/tingling.

What ever you do, not sure who said it, but make sure that they take care of everything while they are in there!! Good luck! And in the end, no matter what anyone says, you do have to make your own choice as everyone has different experiences.
Thanks so much for the replys and feelingbroken you are in my prayers for a succesful surgery.Believe me I know about the pain but I will have my surgery in 20 days.Never Give Up as that is why the Lord gives a new day every morning to start over and you will get better!
I'm only 11 weeks post ACDF and I consider the surgery very successful. I update my recovery in the thread "ACDF Recovery Update". My biggest concerns are long term effects, but only time will tell what they are. Read my thread for all the details.

One word of caution for your situation, you seem to have more neck pain symptoms than arm/hand symptoms and ACDF is only about 60% effective for neck pain. ACDF is 95% effective for arm symptoms. These numbers are based on lots of research I did before my surgery. They might be slightly off because it's been a few months for me, but you get the basic idea. Hopefully you are part of the 60%; just wanted to warn you that it's no sure thing. You also seem to have issues at several locations and the success rates go down as the complexity goes up. Fortunately, mine was a simple one level. I don't mean to discourage you. Just realize that your recovery will be probably be long even with surgery.

On a different topic, I see you are from Crozet, VA. I've been to Crozet and ate at Crozet Pizza. Good times!
Thanks birdman for the information.Ihave done lots of research myself and have learned a lot.I think the thing I am confident the most about is my surgeon.Been doing spine surgery for 18 years and 7 years was the chief spine surgeon for the Navy at Portsmouth.He feels confident I will recover 100% and so do I.I do believe I will get better results from strictly a spine surgeon who that is his main speciality other than a Neurosurgeon who does no where as many spine surgerys.Mine is mainly arthritis that has narrowed three canals and he will open them up to relieve the nerves.He said I could maybe get by with a two level fusion but he said in his experience that if we did three levels that it would completely take care of my problems and not have to go back in for future surgerys.I do believe the surgeon that you chose is the most important decision of all.I sometimes believe that the surgery percentage rates when they are lower are caused by incompetent surgeons.My surgeon is the number one spine surgeon at the hospital where I am going and as long as I have to wait for him I believe it!Will pray your recovery continues to go well for you.And yes you were right Crozet Pizza is a great place to eat as I have been eating there since they opened.Thanks again!
Birdman-I went back and reread what I initially wrote and there are some things I did not mention.I do have arm pain in both biceps and forearms which feels like a numbness and also pain especially in my right bicep but not much tingling at all in my hands which I am grateful for.They had an EMG done on me which is the most painful procedure I have ever had done and greatfully it showed I had no permanent nerve damage which they told me is good.The surgeon told me that when I have my surgery this month he will have a EMG also hooked up to me to make sure he does not damage any nerves.He also told me that he has had fighter pilots ready to fly in a jet for combat and could be ejected after three months of recovery.I pray that is the case for me also.When I first posted I was so blown away I was trying to remember everything he told me as he spent one hour and ten minutes going over everything with me.The pain always starts in my neck then to my arms and especially at the top of my chest.Thank the good Lord for moist heat pads.Thanks Again!
I am new to this site. Had 3 level ACDF 2 weeks ago. I feel great! No muscle spasms, no pain. I am in the Aspen collar. Wear it most of the time. I do take it off for breaks several times a day. Begining to wonder if something is wrong with me because this is the easiest surgery ever! I am tired alot but I am wondering if it's from being house bound. I do feel like I could go back to work today. Still not driving or lifting. But I do walk everyday. Wishing everyone love and wellness!
I've had a ton of surgeries and the ACDF was one of the easiest. Going through the front of the neck they don't go through muscle. So for many the post surgical pain is minimal. The collar can cause some muscle spasm so I found I needed muscle relaxers after the surgery. I still had some nerve pain though a large portion was relieved by the ACDF. Do everything the doctor says such as the collar, avoiding NSAIDs like aspirin / alevel / iburpofen and you may do well. Walking is key. I didn't and was exhausted on my first day back to work. Everyone in my office asked if my neck hurt and I said yes but really I was physically exhausted from doing nothing for the 6 weeks I was home. The fatigue you do feel is due to the surgery. Even though it's not very painful it's major surgery and your body takes a while to recover. So listen to your body and rest when you need to, etc.
[QUOTE=vaslugger;4332773]I am wondering if any who come to this site have had a successful ACDF surgery and are you glad you did it.I will have to get this surgery sometime in the next two to three weeks.The MRI showed I have three different nerves that the canal that they are in has narrowed pinching on the nerves.He said he would go in and open up the canals the nerves are in but after doing this it could make my spine some what unstable and that he would recommend a fusion from C3 to C6 which I think is a three tier I believe.The surgeon said if he did not do the fusion it could cause problems with other nerves if he just opened the nerve canals only.My discs are fine and that is what bothers me is it is nothing wrong with my discs but he said he would remove the discs and replace them with plastic wedges that have bone in them and that it will fuse with my own vertabrae.I am hurting extremely bad in my neck and have been off work for five months due to the pain.I absolutely know it has to be done as I do not want to damage the nerves as a EMG showed my nerves are still ok.My doctor is strictly a spine surgeon and does a lot of spine surgerys and is the number one spine surgeon at the hospital it will be done at.He has been doing spine surgerys for 18 years and for 7 years was the chief spine surgeon at a Naval Base were I live at.He told me he could get me back to work in 2 weeks which I find that hard to believe.He told me he has had fighter pilots flying after three months and could even stand ejection if needed.He does use hardware and screws to also hold it in place.I know people who he has done surgery on and they said that they would not let anyone else touch them.Also checking on the internet he is also rated excellent.Any information would be great especially your outcome.I have read a lot of things people complain about and know what they are but I also know thousands are done each year as my surgeon is doing 6 surgerys next week and 2 of them are ACDF.Thanks so much for any feedback![/QUOTE]

My surgeon was an orthopedists(sp). I had arm symptoms and neck cracking and popping before the surgery. I have the screws and post in place. I also had the narrowing and c7 was 50%impingement on the spinal cord. I was told that I had been lucky because at any given time I could have recieved a blow that would have made me paralyzed from the neck down. Really I believe that a positive outlook can help. I was not nervous before the surgery only worried that my family would pitch in. My first post op visit is Wednesday so we shall see if I am really doing as well as I think I am. Blessings to you all!:angel:
[QUOTE=Realtor09;4589609]My surgeon was an orthopedists(sp). I had arm symptoms and neck cracking and popping before the surgery. I have the screws and post in place. I also had the narrowing and c7 was 50%impingement on the spinal cord. I was told that I had been lucky because at any given time I could have recieved a blow that would have made me paralyzed from the neck down. Really I believe that a positive outlook can help. I was not nervous before the surgery only worried that my family would pitch in. My first post op visit is Wednesday so we shall see if I am really doing as well as I think I am. Blessings to you all!:angel:[/QUOTE]

I had my ACDF on May 26. It was very successful in that it alleviated my neck pain. However, it didn't alleviate my shoulder, arm and hand pain. Evidently these symptoms are similar to an impingement of the ulnar nerve in the arm. I am now seeing in addition to my neuro doc an orthopedic surgeon who has an impeccable reputation like my neuro doctor. I am having an EMG to see if my nerves are ok in my arm. Unfortunately my lumbar surgery wasn't as successful. I am back to severe leg pain on some days but a constant pain that won't subside. I have to say that the neck surgery had a better outcome. I am very frustrated to be facing another surgery possibly two to fix my existing problems. I was told that neck surgeries have a higher rate of success over lumbar surgeries. The only reason I was nervous for my ACDF was because I have had many surgeries and it doesn't get easier for any of them. I was confident in my doctor and if you are confident it yours then go in with peace of mind that you will have a good outcome like mine. I have some discomfort in my neck, but I am still only about six months out. Time heals. I am patient. What a relief to turn my neck without the pain I had prior to surgery! I only hope the doctors can resolve my shoulder and arm pain. God only knows what will become of my lower back. I hope this helps. Good luck. Let me know how you are doing. From one ACDF individual to another. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Hold on to hope. Best wishes!
Thanks again for the great information about your surgerys and how you are now feeling.I will be having my surgery this friday and will be glad to get it done as I am just tired of hurting so much.Putting my trust in the good Lord above and all of you are in my prayers. Mike
Good luck on Friday! I had my 2 level ACDF three weeks ago and feel better than ever. The incision still hurts a little bit but that's it. I have all the feeling back (hadn't felt my upper back since the spring) with the exception of a small spot on my index finger. The pain is all gone and it was absolutely horrible before surgery. I did find the first 3 days rough due to swallowing issues. Every single time I swallowed all the muscles in my back would go into major spasm and it was very painful (funny that I had no throat problems though). That only lasted a few days. The end result was well worth it. I hope you are pain free soon.
Mike,
I will be praying for you this Friday! The good Lord has you in his arms!
I went for my first post op appointment this am. My Doctor was happy with my progress. I had an xray and everything is as it should be. I was given a bone stimulator and was told I would wear it for at least 6 months. Two electodes on my neck battery pack on my belt with wires. No big deal!

I asked my Doctor about the surgery and he said it went well after he was able to move my esophogus. I have had esophogus issues since I was ten so there was alot of scar tissue. He did say that there was not as much soft bone as he had anticpated. So all in all I am happy with the visit. I did get a soft collar to wear so I can drive 5 miles at a time but have to use the Aspen collar after I drive and at night.

I will attempt to go back to work in 2 weeks, although I think I could do it now, but will take this slow.
Many prayers going out to everyone!:wave:
Mary
Thanks for the information SpineAZ. On November 8, 2010 I will undergo my ACDF for C5-6, C6-7. I am having my surgery in Shreveport, Louisiana with one of the finest surgeons in Louisiana, I'm told. I have heard nothing but good about him. He is the Chief Neurosurgeon at the hospital...Dr. Nanda is his name. I am 38 yrs. old and I have suffered with my neck since I was 22 yrs. old. Therefore, I'm ready to have it fixed!
I finally had my ACDF surgery 2 days ago.Surgeon said that all went well.I still have a lot of neck pain all around my neck and on the right side where it always hurt at and in the front of neck near the incision site it is very sore.They told me I had some bone spurs that were causing a lot of the pain and also where the nerves were being pinched off they removed that bone also covering the nerves that were hurting.They told me to not wear a neck brace more than I have to as the titanium plate will hold everything in.I have been wearing it while watching television or on the computer but I do not sleep with it as they prefer that I dont sleep with it at nights.They have me taking 20 mgs of percoet every 4 to 6 hours and also to take 1 or 2 valium every 4 to 6 hours for spasms.I can also take Ibuprofen for inflamation as it is safe to take as new studys have now shown that it does not harm fusion one bit.He said some doctors wont let their patients take it but he said that is very old information and is now no longer accurate but is now perfectly safe based on many new studys.He told me it would be at least 2 to 4 weeks before I get much pain relief at all due to my nerves being compressed and could even be longer.I dont like the aspen collar but it does give my neck some relief when sitting up and doing things.He also said that while fusion will be seen at 3 months it will be about a year before it is all solid bone and complete.I am putting it all in the good Lords hands praying for a solid fusion and complete pain relief soon I hope.It is a slow and long process it sometimes seems but it will get better I know.Praying you all find healing and pain relief as we all want.Mike
[QUOTE=vaslugger;4609896]I finally had my ACDF surgery 2 days ago.Surgeon said that all went well.I still have a lot of neck pain all around my neck and on the right side where it always hurt at and in the front of neck near the incision site it is very sore.They told me I had some bone spurs that were causing a lot of the pain and also where the nerves were being pinched off they removed that bone also covering the nerves that were hurting.They told me to not wear a neck brace more than I have to as the titanium plate will hold everything in.I have been wearing it while watching television or on the computer but I do not sleep with it as they prefer that I dont sleep with it at nights.They have me taking 20 mgs of percoet every 4 to 6 hours and also to take 1 or 2 valium every 4 to 6 hours for spasms.I can also take Ibuprofen for inflamation as it is safe to take as new studys have now shown that it does not harm fusion one bit.He said some doctors wont let their patients take it but he said that is very old information and is now no longer accurate but is now perfectly safe based on many new studys.He told me it would be at least 2 to 4 weeks before I get much pain relief at all due to my nerves being compressed and could even be longer.I dont like the aspen collar but it does give my neck some relief when sitting up and doing things.He also said that while fusion will be seen at 3 months it will be about a year before it is all solid bone and complete.I am putting it all in the good Lords hands praying for a solid fusion and complete pain relief soon I hope.It is a slow and long process it sometimes seems but it will get better I know.Praying you all find healing and pain relief as we all want.Mike[/QUOTE]

I am so glad to hear all is going good for you. The good Lord will take care of you and me too. I'm excited, but nervous about my upcoming surgery, but I'm going in it with a positive attitude.
Karen
[QUOTE=wrgil;4337428]I'm only a few days out from my 2 level ACDF but I'm considering it a success! Prior to surgery I had severe weakness in my left arm, burning pain down my arm, numbness in my upper back and fingertips. The pain was so bad I had stop working while waiting for surgery and was living on narcotics which weren't coming close to touching the pain. I had the surgery done a few days ago and woke up with every single one of those pains gone! I do still get the occasional muscle twitch but no pain. I do have the pain while swallowing and choking while eating and drinking but that is getting better each day. I trusted my surgeon completely and I do believe that the surgery was successful.

I also wanted to add that I completely agree with Spine about having everything done at once. One of my levels was not bad enough on it's own to warrant surgery but my surgeon felt that it would require attention (surgery) in the next few years if left untreated. He wanted to do that level at the same time as the level that did require immediate surgery to avoid another surgery in a few years. He was very certain I would be back in a few years with major problems from that level. I really appreciated his honestly and willingness to fix it all at once.[/QUOTE]


How are you now that it has been some time since your surgery?
What 2 levels did you have done? I had C5-6 and C6-7 although my surgeon thought about adding C4-5 but decided against it as the recovery would be much more extensive. I am hoping he did not make the wrong decision. I was willing to have it done to avoid another future surgery. My surgeon is liberal and I am out the of the soft collar at 2 weeks, and only wore a hard collar for a few days. I still wear the collar for sleeping, and when I am in a car. I too had excessive swelling. I was inn the hospital for 5 1/2 days because I could not swallow or speak for sometime. They ended up putting my on steroids to decrease the swelling. I had surgery on 12/9/2010 and I am frustrated with my limitations. I was hoping to go back to work next week, but not sure that is going to happen.





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