Is pain normal?
After cervical fusion, you can expect pain and possibly a sore throat.
After spine fusion, you can also expect pain. Both are generally well tolerated with pain medications. Surgical neck and back pain goes away with time.
If you had arm or leg pain, numbness, or weakness before surgery, it may be better immediately after surgery, it may take weeks to months to get better, or there may be no change.
Each patient’s condition is different, and nerves do not always heal even if the problem is corrected.