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    Old 11-13-2006, 10:00 AM   #1
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    post op 2 level cervical fusion voice problem

    Had my surgery on 10/13/06. I went into anterior 2 level fusion titanium plate surgery being told one of the complications might be hoarseness along with every other complication. I didn't even give it a second thought i was to flipped out about all the other stuff.
    Went to one of the best hospitals in country. Hoarseness doesn't begin to address my problem. I barely have a voice! My job is my voice....sales. Doctor says dont worry for a month, well i am plenty worried. I seem to have about 30 words in the morning that sound normal and then i am squeeking, and it is absolutely exhausting! Also choking now on food unless every thing is incredibly well chewed. initially could only take liquid pain meds. Very depressed. Anyone been through this who has recovered voice?

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    Old 11-13-2006, 01:46 PM   #2
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    Re: post op 2 level cervical fusion voice problem

    I have a very close friend who had a 4 level surgery and his voice was almost gone for awhile. He totally got it back....just so you know.

     
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    congratulations on making it through. best thing you can do is relax! It is common to have hoarseness and swallowing problems. Most people find the swallowing/choking problems resolve within a few weeks of surgery, each day getting better. Hopefully you are nearing smooth waters.

    I have had 2 different multi level surgeries, never completely lost my voice and with rest, it bounced back. Try to rest your voice and not talk too much like you have laryngitis and see if you improve in a couple days. Drinks lots of fluids with your food, it helps! Try eating softer foods for a week. Your throat and larynx are probably traumatized from the surgery and breathing tube, probably inflammed and need a little tender care. If it takes longer you could go to a ear nose and throat specialist and they may have something that will help.

    In the meantime, if you take pills applesauce and pudding help them go down easy.

     
    Old 11-14-2006, 05:02 PM   #4
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    Re: post op 2 level cervical fusion voice problem

    thanks for the encouragement very badly needed. Losing my voice is worse than the surgery because it is ongoing every single moment.

    masybe you can tell me when incision pain ends I feel like something is sticking into my incision,,,,no staples I had steri strips and they just all came off.

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    I think you have internal stiches, an incision that deep requires stiches or staples not just steri strips. There are lots of techniques for stiches, you probably have disvolvable kind. As you heal you might feel those tightening up a bit - then loosen up around 4-6 weeks. You might see the ends of the stiches sticking out at each end of incision. I couldn't wait for those steri strips to drop off, they were bothering me and irritating my skin. It does sound like you are moving through the stages of recovery. Hang in there.

     
    Old 11-14-2006, 10:36 PM   #6
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    Re: post op 2 level cervical fusion voice problem

    Hello,
    I had a 2 level cervical fusion done in May of this year. It took 6 weeks for my voice to be back 100%....Don't worry, it'll come back eventually..I was scared too!

    Hang in there!

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    Old 11-15-2006, 05:12 AM   #7
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    Re: post op 2 level cervical fusion voice problem

    Thanks again for support and good logic.

     
    Old 11-15-2006, 05:18 AM   #8
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    Re: post op 2 level cervical fusion voice problem

    You have no idea how happy I am to see your post, brought me to grateful tears! I was off work for 3 wks and have been back to workfor 1.5 weeks and I have customers asking me "what's wrong "constantly. much of my work is phone work. It is hard to stay positive so you have brought me much needed relief.

     
    Old 11-15-2006, 09:12 AM   #9
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    Re: post op 2 level cervical fusion voice problem

    Hi,

    I had two level ACDF in June 2004.

    I am a singer, and it took about 3 months before I could sing normally again.

    I sounded like Kermit the Frog for about 4-6 weeks and was totally freaked out.

    My voice came back and is no worse for the wear.

    Hang in there and give it time.

    Added: If you are using your voice now, get some throat spray, and take it easy...don't over do it!

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    Old 11-15-2006, 10:06 AM   #10
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    Re: post op 2 level cervical fusion voice problem

    Thanks Dennis that really helps....I record the voice overs for the company tv and radio ads as well as working on the phones all day.... You really have helped. I am one month out of surgery and my voice doesnt feel like its getting better. Thanks for the support. As a singer you must have been really flipped out if your voice was anything like mine.


    I see my surgeon in 2 days to discuss it.

    Thanks again

    july

     
    Old 11-15-2006, 10:13 AM   #11
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    July,

    My doc warned me at the pre-op meeting, and I told him if he messed up my voice to make me sound like Joe Cocker.

    It really didn't freak me out too much, because I knew that it would take a while to get it back. Part of the problem is the swelling and even the hardware pushes on the vocal cords.

    I was able to get the Kermit sound when I sang by pushing on my throat...I used it to sing Willie Nelson, for about a month after I started singing again...then it was gone and my voice returned to completely normal.

    Good luck! I'm sure you'll be okay.

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    Old 11-29-2006, 10:45 AM   #12
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    Re: post op 2 level cervical fusion voice problem

    Maybe the plate and screws are loose and protruding into the esoghagus area where the food goes down. I could be that the screws are malpositioned or the plate is irratating the esophagus area. I had problems swallowing after surgery. I think it was because of the post-op swelling. They can tell on plain xrays about the swelling but a CT and/or Myelogram might help check for plate and screw problems. Good luck.
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    Old 11-29-2006, 08:35 PM   #13
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    Re: post op 2 level cervical fusion voice problem

    I had a C4/5 ACDF 2 weeks ago and have just had some mild weakness to my voice and mild swallowing issues. My son's teacher had the same surgery as I did but one level lower and she completely lost her voice for 6 weeks and had much more serious swallowing issues. I asked my surgeon about the issue before my surgery and was told that its the lower level cervical fusions that have more trouble.

     
    Old 12-01-2006, 11:14 AM   #14
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    Re: post op 2 level cervical fusion voice problem

    Thanks for letting me Know about the teacher. Today is just shy of 6 wks and I also have completely lost my voice. I Just got back from an ENT appt. and I saw via throat scoping my right vocal cord does not function (vocal fold Paralsys) direct result of surgery. I am starting voice therapy and having a gel foam proceedure (injection into vocal cord done in 2 weeks which is supposed to boost my voice. Currently I have a whispery voice without volume, and it is exhausting to speak.

    This gel foam may work up to 3 months and we'll see then if my voice has returned (Pray it works!)

    The 2 level fusion recovery process has become secxondary to this.

    I wonder if the teacher had my same problem?

    Thanks for the reply.

     
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