Seems all I have read on this forum and others that the swallowing problems occur shortly after surgery.
I was perfect after both surgeries 7/2001 C6-C7 and 1/2013 C5-C6
The problem started in July 2013 i started chocking on solid food and pills and pain on the right side of my throat.
Have been on pureed and liquids for a month now!
Surgeon said X rays looked good all screws and plate were in place.
Problem got worse at a fast pace!
Have had (2) ENT Scopes nothing noted
(2) GI Endoscopy the second found it hard to get the scope down and stretched the sphincter muscle, but felt there was something pushing from behind the esophagus.
(3) barium swallow tests one just liquid that showed nothing in Aug. and two food coated the second in Sept. showed a narrowing of the throat from something growing on the plate of the ACDF!
(1) CAT Scan
I am guessing it is scar tissue?? Going to see my surgeon this Friday, but I am a little nervous of the out come and i need some educated questions for him! Like can the plate be removed at this point and what should I be looking for?