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Swallowing problems

L-DoggLL-Dogg Posts: 101
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
How many people have ongoing swallowing and throat problems after cervical fusion surgery? How long were you told it would last and what is the reality of that?


  • Howdy L-Dogg,

    My first fusion I only had a sore throat similar to that with a cold for about a week, week and a half. My second fusion it lasted around 3 weeks. My surgeon tells (told) me that I could have it for up to 3 weeks, but a little over a week was more common. Hope that helps. :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I am showing there was a reply to my thread by a Dave. I also show that there are 2 new posts yet I only see the one from Aviatrix36440.

    Can a mod explain what thew deal is. Do I have a reply from this Dave or not?

    Thanks aviatrix.
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  • Actually he (Dave) by mistake posted a reply to another thread in here, and he moved it over to where it was suppose to be is all! :)

    I guess his "ghost" name stayed on here (this thread) though! Hope that helps! Happens once in a while! (G)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I had a sore throat for a couple of weeks, but the swallowing issue lasted I think about a month, if I remember correctly, but it did last longer. It does go away though!
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
  • Hi L-Dog..I had 3 levels fused in my neck in February 2009 and it took around 6 months to be able to swallow properly without painand for th swelling to go down too..I still have to chew my food more as sometimes it still happens..My voice comes and goes from being husky to normal at anytime without notice.
    I became concerned after 6 months of having food stuck etc so my Dr sent me to a Throat Surgeon and he said there was nothing he could do to fix it and in time it should settle..
    As I mentioned before it still happens sometimes, but each and every person is different and also on how many levels were fused..
    If your concerned I would speak to my Dr ASAP..
    Hope this was helpful to you.
    Shelly :H
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  • About 3 weeks for me. It seemed really bad for the first two weeks and I was quite certain it would never get better and then the third week it got better very quickly. I am now almost 5 weeks and have no issues whatsoever.
  • Thanks everyone. As much of a genius as I consider my surgeon....and we have a good relationship over the last 3 years since my fusion he did at L4/5....... he told me I would get no throat issues and I wonder if this is just to not freak me out. I sing you see, I am a musician and I have a recording studio that I am in whenever I can get in there.....I write songs etc.

    He even pulled out the type of plate he will use and showed me how he uses the lowest profile plate available and how he also uses special screws that do not protrude at all.

    I have to ask myself, surely all surgeons today in the US use the same hardware?

    So why won't I get the throat pain? I mean probably a lot of the pain and hoarseness is from the invasion into that area and how they move stuff out of the way to gain access.

    I guess there is no worrying about it...I have to just move forward!

    Having said that.......I watched a video at YouTube of a cervical fusion surgery........

    :jawdrop: :sick: :SS I might should have not done that one really, I just freaked myself right out..... :D
  • L-Dogg said:
    I mean probably a lot of the pain and hoarseness is from the invasion into that area and how they move stuff out of the way to gain access.
    I think that's pretty much it, that, and some surgeons are incredibly rough when they get in there, it's like they forget they're working on actual people sometimes!! @)
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
  • I was lucky in the short run and strange in the long run. My immediate problem was just a sore throat, but my hubby made me his famous pork chops the night I came home and I swallowed just fine. Little sore, but not a problem.

    Later, I burping problems. That lasted about two to three months. I don't know why the bubbles would be caught in my throat, but they did and out they'd come. I could only excuse myself, but because I was wearing a collar, it wasn't too embarrasing.

    Now, two years later, I've lost almost an entire octave in my singing voice. I couldn't sing at all for the first three to five months (well I could, but it was real ugly) and now, like I said, my range is lower than before. I sang in the church recently and had to do the lower harmonies.

    But, L-Dogg, everyone is different. Maybe because of your situation, your doctor will take extra care of your throat. Like I've said before, surgeons sometimes take extra care of things if something is important to you and my surgeon specifically told my PT to have me change my swing after my lumbar surgery so I could golf this year without the screws shooting out of my back.

    Take care,
  • Aside from the "you'll have irritation from the trach tube” this was something that was never mentioned. Today I’m 22 days post op and it feels like I have one of those big football shaped vitamins stuck in my throat. It’s not getting any better and is actually a little worse now than it was the first week or so. From what I’ve read here, on other forums and discussions with people I’ve met who’ve had the same procedure it can last weeks, months and in one case years. It’s pretty frightening because it feels like I’m choking all the time. So I’m hoping it subsides soon.
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