Please tell me about your cervical spinal surgery.

My husband is having two vertebrae fused Wednesday due to spinal stenosis. His neck has an unnatural, opposite curvature due to wear and tear. Two vertebrae are actually pressing against the dura (? correct me if I’m wrong) so that his cerebral spinal fluid is pinched off at one point. The MRI pics were quite startling.

The Neurosurgeon said that he does this procedure two to three times a week. If it’s that common, at least a few Dopers have had this done. Mind telling me about your experience? How long was your recovery time? What helped you most during your recovery? Did you get relief? How’s your range of motion? Are you still in pain?
Obviously I’d love to hear about positive experiences because I’m concerned for my husband, but if you have something negative to say, fire away.