I had ACDF in May of 2000! I had 3 discs rupture 2 at the same time and the 3rd while waiting for surgery, from a repetative motion injury! I had no choice but to have surgery as I had lost feeling in both arms and the spinal cord was damaged from the ruptures. They used cadaver bone and the scar healed beautifully!
Initially the severe pain from the ruptures did resolve right after surgery, anything was better then what I suffered while waiting for the diagnosis. It took 11 mos for me to be able to return to work full time! I continued to work the same job, simply because I loved what I did and none of the Dr.'s told me not too! I did acupuncture, prolotherapy and many other alternative methods in an effort to continue working. After 3 years and another spinal injury I gave up and applied to SSD, I was approved the 1st try. From the final injury I began having numbness in the left buttock from there it moved down both legs and is permanent. I do have disc bulges, stenosis and bridging in the LS-spine but the Dr's say not enough to be causing the numbness. 2 Neurosurgeons have told me that the spinal cord injury from the ruptures are the likely cause but they can't be 100% sure.
I did what I had to do! Unfortunately, I was in a bad situation and had no choice....my life definitely has not been pleasant since the surgery!
Please get a 2nd opinion and I wish you good luck with a POSITIVE outcome! A friend of mine had 4 level fusion in December and is doing great!!