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Update: Recovery from ACSDF

Started by mel1968 on 09/28/2011 2:22am

I had my surgery on 9/20/11. (C4-5, C5-6, C6-7) I got to the surgery center about 9am, they called my right back and I was being taken back for my surgery about 10am. Everyone was very nice and comforting to me and my awaiting family members. I left the surgery center about 5pm, the 45 min drive home was a bit intense... Just did not seem like we were ever going to get home.... Once I got my pain meds and muscle spasm meds filled, and taken, I was great. I rested alot.. My pain meds made me itch, but I took benedryl to help with that and that worked. (I have had issues with other pain meds and antibiotics before, so I knew exactly what was going on) As long as I take those meds as perscribed Im good. It was great to take a shower and remove my bandages on Friday!! (But I didnt wash my hair for a week. I kept it up in a lose braid, it is so long that I did not want to mess with it, down past my bootie).. I have noticed that I dont feel the pressure that I felt before, but I guess the real test will be when I am ready to stop taking the pain meds altogether... My first post op visit is Oct 4. At that time I will recieve my "Bone growth stimulator" that i have to wear 30min. a day for around 3 months. My doctor has my estimated return to work date as Nov 2.
I few days after my surgery, I opened my fridge door and went to reach to the rear of the fridge for something and hit the side of my head on the freezer door, kinda gave me a jolt... so I realized that although I do feel better at times, I still need to move slow and constantly take my time to be sure of my surroundings... It was kinda sore the next day, on the right side of my neck.. ( I also didnt have my neck brace on when it happend). I wear it now whenever I am up, just to give me the extra support,
incase I have another jolt from god only knows what :)

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Hi, I had ACDF surgery on the same 3 levels on 9/2/11. I spent 2 nights in the hospital and was amazed when I saw you had this and went home the same day! WOW! I had an IV in for 36 hours also. I'm glad you are doing so well! So you only wear your collar/brace sometimes? I have to wear mine 24/7 for 12 weeks. It is very annoying at times. I see you'll have a bone growth stimulator. Alot of people here do but my NS never mentioned it to me. What does the "S" stand for in your type of surgery? Again, glad you're doing so well. :)

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Wow, that's amazing you went home right after surgery. I can't imagine that. It almost seem's risky on the part of the Dr. Maybe even a little over confident on his part. I was in the Hospital for 3 days with a Morphine pump going into a IV. I was pushing the little button every 10 minutes ( that was as soon as I was allowed) because it starting hurting really bad again after about 5 minutes. I couldn't even walk for the first day. So it is really amazing you went home. Anyway I wish the best of luck on your recovery. Take it easy though and don't start doing alot of things even if you feel good and think you can. It takes a while to heal completely from the fusions. I still am sitting here just amazed you went home. What does the S stand for, I have never heard of that.

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I am amazed that you went home. I have l5-s1 fusion in March and stayed in the hospital and had an IV for 2 days and yes I pushed that button every ten minutes and would try even sooner. I was dieing for the pain meds. It was soo rough. Be very careful do not over do it and good luck to you!

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Wow! Its crazy to see that you all stayed in the hospital and they sent my booty home... Maybe something to do with the kind of Insurance? Maybe... Humm, Thats pretty interestng... Im so sorry I did not mean to put the "S" in there... (I guess it was for Spine)?... Im doing ok. And to answer the question about my neckbrace, I was suppose to have it on at all times except for when I go to bed. But when I got up, that time that I hit my head, I thought.. "well Its just to the kitchen and back, I'll be fine.." NOT (That was pretty "to-pid" :) ... So I have gotten better about wearing it :)
I am trying out this new pillow that I ordered before my surgery, Its called a traction pillow. It seems to help , one side is for side sleeping and the other side is for sleeping on your back... the back side one seems to be a little bit to firm yet, but I do have problems getn comfortable anyway, and when I do sleep good, I wake up with my neck stiff and sore... After the pain meds I have got my days and nites all screwed up... I missed my post op visit yesterday, for one, I was kinda scared to drive the 35 miles by myself, but I also, I didnt fall asleep til 9am. My appt was at 1pm, I woke up at 2pm., So anyway. now I go Friday, and thats when I get the bone growth stimulator... I can really tell when I over do it, Im down for a day or so.. Dang it. Thank you all for your support! And I wish you all luck and God Bless!

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I was supposed to go home right after my surgery, (April 11th) which removed 3 complete cervical vertebra and replaced them with donor bone, also decompression and 4 unit instrumentation. (c-4,5,6,7) I was in so much pain they kept me overnight. My doctor said it was a horrible surgery to go through. But as soon as my pain was under control, I was sent home with my neck brace and told to wear it 24/7 for two weeks, which I did, (almost) I needed pain meds constantly. Eventually I weaned myself off of pain med which is very addictive. I'm now doing very well. No pain at all in my neck. My doctor released me with the words, "Go live your life, you can do anything you want." I'm a success story. Just bought a new bike!

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