Hi Taller Now, I think the posterior approach was much much worse ( as far as pain and recovery time goes) than the ACDF's! Right after I came home from the hospital after the surgery I went to the hair salon and had my ponytail cut off and got a regular hair cut. As I found I couldn't raise my arms up high enough to take care of my long hair. I also have sleep apnea and I use the fitlife full face mask, and I couldn't use it till I got my staples taken out because of the mask straps pushing and wearing on the staples! (I had 47 staples down the center of the back of my neck from the base of my skull down to close to the beginning of my shoulder blades. They made me keep them in for a full 2 weeks after the surgery.
Taller Now, I had major problems with not only pain but spasms in my neck! It took a long time for it to heal and the pain and spasms to let up. On my surgery they also put in rods and pins on both sides and mine was not near as much as what your having done! Mine was only one level at C3/4.
My advice is have your hair as short and easy to take care of as possible. Even after I got a normal hair cut I still went to the local hair salon to get my hair washed every week for several weeks after the surgery. My adjustable bed and recliner was my best friend! Also recruit lots of help in advance to help you do stuff, keep spouse and family busy doing stuff for you! Don't attempt to do everything yourself no matter how good you feel! It will come back and bite you in the end!! ( I speak from experience on this, as when I had my posterior fusion done it was a few months after my divorce and I had no family close by, so I was more or less alone during and after the surgery, and had to do everything myself! ( I lived in Illinois during that time, and if my memory serves me right.....during that time Straydog used to call me up from Texas to check check on me and give me support) Thank God to Healingwell and this forum! To say the least it was a very very difficult situation that I would not wish on any body! ) I personally think it also made my recovery time longer!! So I personally think the most important thing you can do is make sure you have lots and lots and lots of friends and family close by for support !!
This surgery is not an easy one for the patient, so be extremel gentle with your self! And also be patient, as recovery is a lot longer than with the ACDF! (the amount your having done is so much more than what I had) All I can say is... Good Luck to You! And I really do wish you well! I'll keep you in my prayers! Please keep us informed about
how you are doing!
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USAF retired in Sept.1991. I went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, I worked on Oncology and Med Surg, Disabled in late 1999, was approved SSD in early 2002! Diagnosed with: DDD and Multiple herniated Disks; Foraminotomy L3/4/5 Jan 2013; Posterior Articular Joint fusion Nov 2010; C5/6 ACDF Sep 2009; C6/7 ACDF 1985; Implanted pain Pump Jun 2014.
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