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ACDF recovery time

dleyhewddleyhew Posts: 1
edited 11/09/2014 - 10:07 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I am 2 weeks out from my third ACDF surgery. I had C-3 - C7 done this time. I am having quite a bit of trouble swallowing and my singing voice has gone from alto to tenor with a very limited range. I know there was more manipulation with the extent of this surgery, but if anyone has had this done, what has been your outcome? Thanks, Debbie


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Hi Debbie, I had a 2 level ACDF on 10/3. Had horrible problems swallowing. Had to crush all pills for 2 wks. Also have issues with the voice. I, too, have lost octaves. Never was a good singer but even worse now. At 5 wks., the swallowing is better but I still chew very slowly and take a drink of water with each bite. Bread is the hardest. I lose my voice if I talk too much. Had my 4 wk. post-op check up but my NS didn't seem concerned. Hopefully, these issues will resolve themselves soon. I think the swallowing issues are probably mostly due to the esophagus being next to the titanium plate.
  • Everything you're experiencing sounds normal to me based on the 4 level (C3-C7) ACDF I had done on August 22nd. It took several weeks for my voice to fully come back. I still have days where it's a bit raspy, but when that happens I avoid speaking as much as possible. I still have trouble swallowing occasionally. I can't eat steak unless it's a filet and bread is still a bit difficult.

    4 level ACDF, C3-C7 with iliac bone crest graft with hardware on August 22nd.
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