I was lucky to randomize into the study group, but was in so much pain I would have been happy with a fusion.
I was in
hospital overnight, came home with oral pain meds which I had cut the dosage in
half by day 4. I'm not taking any now. On Feb 2 I saw my doc and we dumped the neck brace. I can do pretty much what I want to, but am a little stiff and sore in my shoulders and the back of my neck. The incision is in the front, about 1" long.