Difficulty in swallowing following acdf surgery is usually due to a transient traction or stretch injury to the vagal nerve when the surgeons move the throat structures to gain access to the cervical vertebrae.
If this is the case for you, then time and patience will be your best friend. It can take several months for traction/stretch nerve injury to recover.
Thickened liquids will be easier to swallow than thin or clear liquids. In addition, soft and moist foods (ex. maccaroni and cheese, cream of wheat cereal, creamed chicken) will be easier to swallow than hard and dry food choices (ex. a piece of toast, a cracker, a slice of beef).
That’s fantastic that your neurosurgeon is taking your expressed swallowing challenges seriously. You are blessed to have an attentive provider.
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