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Stuck in Throat Sensation

amosaamos Posts: 18
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:52 AM in Recovering from Surgery

Hey Gang -

I'm 5 weeks out from a C5-7 ACDF surgery. The first 2 weeks - my throat was fine. No weird 'lump' feeling when swallowing, thought I lucked out. Then - around week 3 (when I started doing ROM exercises, was a bit more active), I started feeling that plate press against my esphogus - all the time - not just when I'm eating, etc.

My NS said that was normal, but it seems weird that I wouldn't have that issue right away, but do now.

Has anybody else experienced this? Does is go away? I literally want to reach out and pull out the plate. Feels like I have something perpetually lodged in my throat - uggggh.

Any insights, greatly appreciated!

2-level ACDFon 3.24.11


  • If the issue continually gets worse they can do a swallow test. I had a issue with hardware following surgery, but till there was fusion they didn't want to do anything. So once I was fused had a swallow test completed and the plate was the issue. Sometimes it will go away after time. Also it could be some inflammation. During surgery they use meds to hold down the swelling and that could be all it is now, and will subside over time as it goes down.
  • Thanks so much, Tamtam. How are you doing now?
  • I've had the feeling since the beginning (16 days ago), and it's driving me crazy. I keep trying to sing over it (I'm a singer, can't stand not to sing when there's music I know playing), and once I get warmed up it's ... okay ... but nowhere near ready to get back up on the stage at church (I expected that, though). What I hate is not being able to swallow most "hard" things (like bacon). I'm getting tired of this soft diet!

    Does it eventually go away? Or is it just something you have to learn to live with?
  • Amos,

    How is your throat doing now? After my last fusion surgery, I had that for about 3 weeks, then it calmed down. At around 5 months post op my C6 vertebra cracked (still cracked), and with the movement, it is constantly irritating my vocal cords, and thus I choke out and lose the voice.

    Mine is not the norm. If you still have it for another week or so, you might want to give your surgeon a call and let him/her know. Or you can do like I did, get with your ENT to be sure other issues aren't going on. Hopefully you will be feeling fine soon.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • After my 2 level fusion in Jan I was unable to swallow. They inserted a feeding tube for a few days while I was in the hospital. Luckily I was able to swallow thickened liquids by the time I was released. I was in for 9 days.
    Yesterday I had a visit with the neck surgeon to follow up. I still have some things get "stuck" but can wash them down with plenty of water.
    The doc said all is still progressing and we will recheck again in 3 months.
    It is amazing how long some things take to heal!

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