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Want to learn best way to feed my mouth

   On the morning of the 23rd of January  2018 I am scheduled to have  a 2 level 5-6/6-7  ACDF operation.  I expect to be fitted with  

  a hard neck brace  when I am in my hospital room after the surgery. I think  it will be like the ASPEN type. - All new to me.I am 

reading all that I can find about how people cope with everyday things necessary to get on with their lives. I am in hopes of

 reading experiences that others have had and learned  to handle while wearing the hard neck brace - especially eating . Do I need

 to plan on eating mainly finger food and liquid type nourishment? What about baby food??  I'll be dealing with it 24/7 for at LEAST 6 

weeks. Is there anything I can buy ahead of my  upcoming 'event' that will make life easier  when I finally feel like eating some real food? 

And also, what soft foods taste good and usually will be kept down, not cause nausea ,until I my throat is able to tolerate the 'real' food? 

Hoping to read input from people with hands on experience Thanks.




  • hi rigadoon0510

    welcome to spine-health

    post op must haves

    good luck with your surgery and hope the link above will help with some food choices.  there is also a january surgery buddies group you could link with and add a comment (under forum topics)

    i have added two links below to help new members with information and these also contain the forum rules.  there is lots of material to research that will give you the power of knowledge.

    welcome to spine health




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  • Hi Rigadoon0510!  Good luck with your surgery. I've had a 1 level fusion, then a few years later and an additional 2 level fusion. While my doctor didn't fit me with a brace, and I can tell you swallowing will be a little difficult. However, you shouldn't need to go to the extreme of baby food.  Italian Ice will feel like Heaven on your throat...I can tell you that!  Soups, milkshakes, smoothies, etc. will all be good for you. 

    As long as you chew your food up well, after a week, you should be fine.


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  • nutcase007nnutcase007 United StatesPosts: 947

    @Rigadoon0510 - Months after my second ACDF, I had an extended period of dysphagia.  I was recommended to use pureed foods.  I found pureed foods works about as good an anything in that they "slid down the esophagus" easier than soups and shakes. 

  • Just want to say thanks to nutcase,jules & ajgormit for your input as per my pre op questions.

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