I had a cercvcal c5 to c7 fusion with intrumentation yesterday 04/09/2014. Procedure lasted two hours (9:00 am to 11:00 am). I went home at 3:00 pm the same day. Will not wear a collar. Will use a bone growth stimulator for a few hours a day. Pain is mild with moderate pain meds. Hydrocodone with acetaminaphen 325mg's. I cut them in half and take one every three hours. Pain is 4 to 5 on a one to 10 scale. I have a sore throat from the incision and surgery. Otherwise I feel good and am able to move my head quite well. No sutures. Incision is glued shut. Can shower 2 days post surgery. I read alot of bad stories about this procedure. It was as discussed with my doctor. This is my second back procedure, same doctor. I had a low back fusion on August 27, 2013. Same great results. Do your research when it comes to surgeons. BY the way, I am 66 yrs old and in good health other than the back problems.