The first 1 to 2 weeks after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) surgery typically include activity restrictions and other doctor directives for a smooth recovery.
Anterior cervical discectomy may be performed to relieve neck pain and other pain due to spinal cord or nerve root pressure from a cervical disc herniation.
Difficulty speaking after ACDF surgery is not uncommon, but there are several home remedies patients can utilize to soothe a sore throat until speaking becomes easier.
Difficulty swallowing, also known as dysphagia, can result after ACDF surgery. For most patients, dysphagia will resolve within a few weeks.