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lump in throat

so on 4/17 I had a ACDF c5-c6 ,c6-c7,,how long does the lump in the throat last and is there anything I can do to make it feel better?

L4-L5 microdiscectomy 4/2011

L4-L5 Posterior lumbar interbody fusion 5/2013

C5-C6,,C6-C-7 Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion 4/2014


  • Hi Tom: I think your surgeon would tell you that you have to give your body some time to heal before that feeling goes away. I suggest you give him a call if you are uncomfortable.
    2007 TLIF L2-L3 Fusion; 2012 C4 Corpectomy, C3-5 Fusion.
  • I had acdf of just c6 - c7 on 3-19 and I had a very sore throat for about a week and I had the lump for about 2 weeks, I still get a lump once in a while but you get used to it I guess.
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  • davrunnerddavrunner Posts: 586
    edited 04/25/2014 - 9:07 AM
    I had the same levels fused along with c4/c5 on Jan 20th. Sore throat and hoarseness lasted only a short while. The feeling of a lump in my throat and issues swallowing soft foods like bread lasted a bit longer. Still get the occasional issue requiring extra fluids to wash down and if a capsule goes down sideways I usually have to cough it back up and try again.
    Have patience, it does take time. If it doesn't appear to be getting better or you have a real difficult time with it call your surgeon they can get you in to a ENT doctor if necessary.
    laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014 sched
  • My acdf was several years ago, C4,5 & 6. I still have some difficulty swallowing, some foods are more difficult than others-meats can be a real problem for me if I'm not careful to cut small pieces, breads can be another issue along with some of the bigger pills. I still have the lump feeling from time to time too. But, the swallowing, after all these years has been the bigger problem-my acdf was in '05. I have been having a few familiar symptoms lately, like tingling fingertips, some headaches, little bit of burning & aching between my shoulders-I heard a few years ago that about 10 years was the limit on the fusion and hardware in the neck, anyone else ever heard of this??
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