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9 days post ACDF c4/5/6 throat ?

i have heard so many things about throat issues after surgery.

I feel like I have a lump in my throat and it’s giving me panic attacks. It feels like the hardware is rubbing on my throat, but I don’t know if that is even possible.

How llong does this last



  • Kimerelli, it takes some time for the throat to feel normal due to the intubation as well as the retraction of the esophagus during surgery! 9 days does sound like a longer time but everyone is different. If it’s bothering you or your having trouble swallowing, definitely call your surgeon!

  • nutcase007nnutcase007 United StatesPosts: 274

    @kimberelli - I've had two ACDFs and a third on scheduled in January. My one at C6/C7, I had similar symptoms for about a week. My one at C3/C4 lasted about three weeks. I agree with DavidG, if you conditions continue, I'm also suggesting you call your surgeon.

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  • I have hardware at C6/7 and I remember it taking quite a while to get used to it. I feel like it took me a couple weeks before I accepted the lumpy feeling. My voice will still get hoarse when I talk loud at meetings for an extended period of time and I am approaching two years post op. I can feel the hardware in certain positions so I try to avoid those positions. As everyone else mentioned, if you feel it is impeding breathing or swallowing then call the doc. Go easy as you are still pretty fresh out of surgery. I drank tons of smoothies to help me!!

  • nutcase007nnutcase007 United StatesPosts: 274

    Pureed food also worked well for me, kind of like smoothies, but I felt I could better maintain a balanced diet.

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