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[QUOTE=melliegirl;4652674]I'm 8.5 weeks out of 2 level ACDF surgery and doing well. My neck is still pretty swollen. How long did it take for the swelling to go down in your neck?

As well, I removed my collar at 6 weeks and of course my shoulders and neck became tight/painful getting used to the weight/movement of my head. How long did it take for the tightness/pain to subside?



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. 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. I think that everyone heals at different rates depending upon what condition you were in prior to surgery and how well you heal. Good luck

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