Hi Steve, glad your surgery went well! Hopefully your swallowing difficulty is just temporary. It is not all that uncommon to have swallowing or speaking difficulties after this type of surgery. I was told by an ENT specialist that he was surprised that there wasn't more problems like this occurring from this type of surgery because of the way they have to move every thing out of the way to get at the spine. Back in 1985 when ACDF was a new type of surgery I lost my voice completely for over 3 months and had swallowing difficulties for allot longer. Allot has changed since that time, but just follow your doctors orders to the "Tee" be gentle with your self and give your body plenty of time to heal. Over doing it, and doing things to soon can cause you more problems and even possible damage later on down the road, and it is just not worth it!
I wish you well and hope your healing and recovery goes smoothly. Good Luck to you!
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