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post op throat issues

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi everyone. I'm 11 weeks post op after having c3 thru t1 anterior and posterior surgery. I am still having problems swallowing meat and other hard foods along with slight sore throat from time to time. Does anyone else have this problem so far out from surgery?

Thanks for listening.


  • i know what you mean. i had c6 thru t2 fusion 6 years ago and 3 years ago started having same trouble as you. i never connected it to the neck so never mentioned it to surgeon. i said something to gp dr. but he didnt seem concerned. i will be interested in what your doc says.....pete
  • I am so glad to see your post because I am 10 weeks post op after having a C3-T4 posterior laminectomy with fusion and I am experiencing the same issues. I have been eating mostly softer foods but last night I had some beef and thought I would choke trying to swallow it! It was really stuck and hurt quite a bit to swallow even the smaller pieces I had to finally resort to. I go back to my surgeon in a couple weeks and it is on my list of things to ask him but I feel better knowing that I am not the only one with this.
  • After my surgery I experienced fierce indigestion and a difficulty in swallowing, especially meat. Mylanta was my friend for a while. It's much better now but still happens occasionally. I also get hiccups a lot, don't know if there's a connection though.

    I am wondering if it's caused by the breathing tube?
  • They cut some nerves and move things around. When I had mine C's done, I could hardly swallow for 10 days, totally missable. 3 months later, I still had some issues. After a year, I can say it is better, but I still have some small swallowing issues. Your body has to get use to the adjustment and re-establishing some muscles. See what your dr says on followups, but it can take some time.
  • Hey Pete! If they fuse the cervical to the thoracic spine do you lose all ability to bend from the neck?
  • I was blown up in a IED in Afghanistan back in July. I had C5 - T2 fused. I was having the same problem as you, galliegirl. What I found to really help out with swallowing solid foods is 1, taking smaller bites and 2. always have something to drink to wash it down. I was having trouble with it getting stuck in my throat but when I would have something to drink it would make it a little easier to get it down. Hope I could help. Also if anyone could, since I'm new to this fusion, what life changes can I expect besides I was an Infantry Staff Sergeant in the US Army and I can't do my job anymore cause of this operation or what my doctors have told me like not being able to play football anymore, go skiing, or ride roller coasters anymore. What can we do that is actually fun without injuring ourselves worse?
  • I am sorry that I cant answer your question. I did however, want to thank you for your service to our country. And that I feel bad that during the service you sacrificed yourself to the point of a permanent injury. You seem to have a positive attitude, and that with any long term recovery is hard. Again my thanks and heartfelt respect to you and wishes of continued recovery. I hope that you may return to most of the activities you enjoyed.
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