Hello, I am 64 and scheduled for cervical spine surgery on April 11,2017 I would like to know what to expect. Nothing has been said about wearing a collar,
I am expected to be overnight in the hospital and home the next day. I experience parasthesia down both arms to my fingertips and neck pain for which I
take Tramodol. I have also been plagued by migraine headaches since 12-24-16. Those respond to Imitrex, so my neck specialist says they are not coming
from my neck. They do originate at the base of my skull and fan out. MRI of brain showed sequelae of chronic microvascular ischemic changes and brain atrophy, said to be "normal for my age"(!). The neck MRI showed a whole line of blown discs C-3 thru C-7 hence this surgery to address the worst ones first. I also experience some interference with my balance which is getting worse. I am told all this comes from my neck.
Can anyone let me know what to expect from this surgery, start to finish? Will I be able to put on my own shirts after surgery? What about swallowing and swelling and sore throat?