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Not able to eat post ACDF

4Miranda44Miranda Posts: 2
edited 07/13/2015 - 6:57 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello, a loved one had an Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion of C-4 through C-7 last Tuesday 7/7. It went well but she is now unable to eat because of the holding back of the Esophagus during the surgery. She tries to eat but ends up gagging it right back up. She has lost about 15 pounds since the surgery. She has to take some very important medications and she said that is the most difficult. Her doctor said this could last up to a few weeks. Any ideas? Thank you
Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion of C-4 through C-7


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  • PooterosaPPooterosa Posts: 98
    edited 07/13/2015 - 2:50 PM
    I'm not sure what she is trying to eat but I am hoping it's nothing solid. I had a lot of strawberry shakes the first 2 weeks after my surgery. I couldn't get anything else to pass that was larger than my medicine and that was very uncomfortable at best. Anything warm just wasn't happening at all. It made me gag. The cold from the shakes made my throat feel better for the most part. A little hard to swallow right at first but the cold soothed my throat so I went threw them rather quick. Sometimes I would have 4-5 per day. Strawberry shakes and throat lozenges are what worked for me.

    After that I slowly introduced solids again. I had mostly soups to start. Soups like chicken noodle soup and other soups with small solid pieces in them. I made sure I really chewed up anything that was sort of chunky before I tried to swallow it. After about a week of soups I was able to handle macaroni and cheese and small bites of sandwiches.

    Long story short is that was a major surgery so it's going to take some time to heal. I wish your friend the best of luck with her recovery and I hope she gets some relief soon.
    Sept 11, 2009 L4/L5 Microdiscectomy
    April 12, 2013 C6/C7 ACDF
    May 27, 2015 L4/L5 ALIF with PLIF
    Too many cervical and lumbar injections to list, including RF Ablation C3-C6 on the right and left.
  • TWynnBTTWynnB Posts: 265
    edited 07/13/2015 - 3:02 PM
    My first couple of weeks I ate mostly homemade smoothies (I prefer banana blueberry) and chicken with rice soup. It'll get better.

    ACDF w/Corpectomy C3-6 12/8/14 ; Laminectomy C3-6  5/19/2016

  • I ate lots of ice cream, protein shakes and soups that were mainly broths. Tell her to crush her pills if she can't swallow them.
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