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    Old 12-11-2007, 02:42 AM   #1
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    Unhappy choking after surgery

    I had acdf surgery on my cervical spine on november 8th i was fused at 3 levels. My problem is I am choking on everything I try to eat is this normal this long after surgery.

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    Old 12-11-2007, 10:43 AM   #2
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    Re: choking after surgery

    My surgery was done Oct 18. I just went to the doctor and had a question about the feeling that someone is pressing on my throat (this feeling just started about 2 days ago). I have found that I need to chew my food until it is in minute bits or I will choke on it. I have learned to chew chew chew my food and eat slowly. Dr. said that I may be developing scar tissue in the surgery area. His suggestion is that I massage the scar to break up the scar tissue and that is should eventually smooth out. He also said that eventually my body will grow over the metal plate so I will not get that feeling of pressure so much.

    Hope this helps a bit. I believe that it may be normal, but of course if you find that you cannot breathe or swallow you should have it checked out by your doctor.


    Old 12-11-2007, 06:59 PM   #3
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    Re: choking after surgery

    I've had multiple surgeries and each time it took several months to get over the choking feeling. I still occasionally get a choking sensation when I move my head in certain positions, and it's been 4 years since my last surgery.

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