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    Old 09-22-2003, 07:14 PM   #1
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    Post Numbness under chin after ACDF

    I am now 4 months postop from ACDF with 2 level fusion joining C4-C6.

    I still have numbness under my chin and I want to take some action. Should I try aloe w/ lidocaine OR topical aspercreme or ice or something else?

    Is it true that numbness UNDER THE CHIN can be normal for up to one year?

    Any suggestions on how to combat this?

    thank you.

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    Corpectomy

     
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    Old 09-23-2003, 05:44 AM   #2
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    I am 9 months postop from a ACDF with a 2 level at C4-5, C5-6 also with a corpectomy at 5. I also had the numbness under the chin. I am happy to tell you that it does get better. At least in my case it has. The only thing I did and still do it rub the area under my chin with just my finger. I don't think using any of the thing that you mentioned will make a difference but it wouldn't hurt. I don't know if my rubbing it helped at all either. I know it works for the incision site.

    Yes, to your question about it taking up to a year for the numbness to go away. Remember what they had to do and use to do the surgery so the nerves have been messed with some. Nerves heal at a rate of about an inch a month so it can take that long.

    Sorry I wasn't much help. Just give it some time.

    Shirl

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    History:

    1980- Transaxillary resection of 1st rib and division of band (left side)
    1982- Diagnostic Laparoscopy
    1985- Transaxillary excision of cervical rib (right side)
    1991- Laser stapedectomy (right side)
    1992- Fractional D&C
    1992- Diagnostic Laparoscopy
    1996- Lumbar hemilaminectomy
    1999- Left knee arthoscopic surgery
    2001- Laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy
    2002- L5-S1 Microdiscectomy
    2002- L4-L5, L5-S1 Anterior inter-body lumbar fusion with cages and my own bone from left hip for bone graft
    2002- Neck problems Surgery??????
    2002 DEC 21- C4-5, C5-C6 Anterior Cervical Corpectomy with Fusion and Internal Fixation (Bone from the bone bank)
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    History:

    1980- Transaxillary resection of 1st rib and division of band (left side)
    1982- Diagnostic Laparoscopy
    1985- Transaxillary excision of cervical rib (right side)
    1991- Laser stapedectomy (right side)
    1992- Fractional D&C
    1992- Diagnostic Laparoscopy
    1996- Lumbar hemilaminectomy
    1999- Left knee arthoscopic surgery
    2001- Laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy
    2002- L5-S1 Microdiscectomy
    2002- L4-L5, L5-S1 Anterior inter-body lumbar fusion with cages and my own bone from left hip for bone graft
    2002- Neck problems Surgery??????
    2002 DEC 21- C4-5, C5-C6 Anterior Cervical Corpectomy with Fusion and Internal Fixation (Bone from the bone bank)

     
    Old 09-23-2003, 08:15 AM   #3
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    I had surgery last March and I was numb from incision up to chin and across jaw bone and it was really anoying and I hated to even touch it. My doctor said it would probably stay that way but I am happy to say it went away gradually and took about 6 months.......

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    Anterior Cervical Fusion w/donor bone & w/plating C5/6 Done March 6-2003
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    Anterior Cervical Fusion w/donor bone & w/plating C5/6 Done March 6-2003

     
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