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Young woman with acsf

Hello everyone! I am a 37 yr old woman that had cervical spine fusion on June 20th. I am going a little stir crazy, but so far so good. I started this post because I would like to know if it's normal to get a swollen gland causing an extremely sore throat and hard to swallow due to this surgery. Besides the normal soreness from the tube, that has subsided, this throat pain stinks. My question is....is it related to the surgery or should I be worried that this is a possible infection?


  • Welcome to the forum and glad to hear things are going well! The sore throat is very common after this procedure because in order to gain access to your spine, the surgeon needs to push your esophagus to one side. This will cause it to swell and cause pain and difficulties swallowing due to swelling. Don't worry! You should also always call you surgeon if you have any questions. There should be someone available to answer your questions should you ever be worried about any post-op issues.
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
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