I had a 2 level ACDF nearly a week ago and am having problems swallowing and sometimes choking on things.
I have also made some very strange noises when I swallow water; There is bubbling noises and almost like a croaking frog!! The nurses and doctor were very interested, with the doctor listening with her stethoscope to it. Most of them had never come across it before, but one nurse said it could indicate a problem.
I have had a speech therapist phone me at home and talk about my symptoms. She has given some advice on how to prevent getting a lung infection from liquids and food getting into my air way. She is hopeful that it is being caused by swelling and not nerve damage.
Now I know that swallowing problems are quite common after this surgery.
I am interested to hear of other's experiences;
How long did it last for you?
What 'tricks' did you learn to deal with it?
Any advice will be gratefully received.