Re: trouble swallowing after acdf c5 6
I have been suffering with swallowing/choking problems for sevens. I had double-fusion cervical neck surgery in 2000. I was only suppose to be in hopital for two days--I had to stay three extra days because my esaphogu shut closed. I was told it would take several months for the swallowing difficult to resolve itself. It never did as I stated. I learned via my gastro that not only does the metal parts press on throat, but as well scar tissue builds up between metal plate and esophagus causing swallowing problems. What bugs me the most is that the metal plate and screws are really not necessary; and, a good surgeon should notice during surgery how if the esoph is too close to cervical and thus not inplant metal other than cage(s)--like you, I should have only had one level fused, but that is another terrible tale not for this thread.
After seven years had swallow test where a tiny barrium pill lodged itself between the metal and inside of espho. When you go for the test make sure you aske to have the barrium pill used as part of test. They were only going to use soft to softer almost waters soilds to perform test. You need something more solid used during that test.
I then went to ENT who used camera passed through my nose to look at voice book and saw that voice box chord thin and scarred--said nothing about seeing scar tissue between metal and throat. Forgot to ask. Oi. Expensive test too for something that lasted by a couple minutes.
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