Re: Difficulty swallowing after anterior cervical spinal surgery
I had the same trouble after my ACDF 5 years ago. I had a 2 level 4-6 with plate & screws. Many people have trouble with only certain foods. Meat just wouldn't go down. It's a texture thing. Apple sauce = easy. Hamburger with bun = difficult. The scary part is finding out which food is going to cause a problem. Improvement after 3-6 months is possible.
You may want to ask for a swallow test 3 months post-op. A diagnosis of dysphagia may yield treatment that will help.
Small bites, chewed very well, lots of water. Avoid trigger foods. Yes, it's annoying that I can't cruise Costco and enjoy the samples but it is what it is.
Try not to smack the people who say that at least it helps keep your weight down.