I am scheduled for my first ACDF Monday (Feb 23rd) and I am beginning to feel the gitters. I have a real fear of choking and I understand that difficulty of swallowing is common after anterior cervical procedures. I am having C4/5 and C6/7 ACDF.
Once, following surgical wisdom teeth extraction - I woke up in the recovery room feeling like I was literally going to choke on my own saliva. The more I thought of it ... the worse it became.
Does anyone have any advice, coping skills, encouragement, etc?