Hi Vanessa I had this done back in 1985 along with a C6/7 ACDF for me it was an emergency type situation as my spinal cord was severely compressed! In fact they could not understand why I wasn't a quadriplegic! Anyway I did not see in your post what area of the spine he was having this done?? And is his doctors doing an anterior or posterior approach or both? I think he will find the posterior approach much more painful and it will probably have a longer healing time. Anyway if he has had two surgeons recommend that he has this surgery, then I would be inclined to think that it might be necessary??? Anyway I am including a link to some information that you and your husband might find helpful and possibly useful. www.aetna.com/cpb/medical/data/500_599/0576.html
I do wish both of you well!
And do hope that you or your husband or both of you continue to post and let us know how everything turns out! When your here on this forum you are part of our Healing Well Chronic Pain family, and we do care about
Good Luck to your husband and to you!