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Numbness above incision, ACDF surgery

DonnabeDDonnabe Posts: 597
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:55 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I am almost 2 months post op and the area directly above my incision to the tip of my chin is either numb or bruised feeling. Is this normal after 2 months?
ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg


  • Hi there my op was mid July and mine is the same, the surgeons seemed surprised when I told them after the op but its still the same, well a little improved but not a lot, so will be interested to see what others say too!
  • Howdy Donna,

    Remember when they made that incision, a lot of 'little' nerves were cut. Some will reconnect and heal, others will not. By example, I had an ovarian tumor removed in 02, and to access it, I was cut from hip to hip - it is still numb around that incision!!

    My ACDF's, still numb around those sites and the oldest is almost 3.5 years ago! So, no, not unusual.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I'm with Brenda. Anywhere under the chin on the side of the incision is still numb. I have an abdominal incision area that's older that's still numb, so I wouldn't worry about it...it just feels weird.
    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • Hey, Donna, I had a lot of numbness on and around my incision after my ACDF (it is vertical, about 3 inches) and extended it also extended up into my chin. Now, almost 3 years later, it's fine.

    It's perfectly normal to have this numbness like the others said. Not to worry. :-)

  • Yep, mine was numb for months after my 1st surgery, and am still numb from June's. No worries, you should getting feeling back in a matter of time :)
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
  • I'm not too concerned because it does not "hurt" it is just strange. I was wondering if anyone else had it, and I can see most people do!

    Thanks :)
    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
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