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Is having esophageal dysmotility common after anterior cervical spine surgery?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Almost everyone will.
Rarely does it pose a serious permanent problem. A few do, so if you are choking or it feels like food is getting stuck, contact your doctor so you can be evaluated.

In brief: Yes

Almost everyone will.
Rarely does it pose a serious permanent problem. A few do, so if you are choking or it feels like food is getting stuck, contact your doctor so you can be evaluated.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Almost everyone will note trouble swallowing right after surgery.
It usually is worse when several levels (disks) are treated, but some people have trouble with one level procedures. Happily it tends to improve in the majority, usually over 4 to 6 weeks. Up to one third of patients can always tell that swallowing is "different" after such surgery, but seldom a limitation.

In brief: Yes

Almost everyone will note trouble swallowing right after surgery.
It usually is worse when several levels (disks) are treated, but some people have trouble with one level procedures. Happily it tends to improve in the majority, usually over 4 to 6 weeks. Up to one third of patients can always tell that swallowing is "different" after such surgery, but seldom a limitation.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Post-pp dysphagia is a common occurrence following anterior cervical disc surgery.
The incidence varies widely, but recent studies indicates that there is 50% rate in the 1st months following surgery. Risks factors include age >60 yrs, female, # of levels included, pre-existing swallowing problems, length of time of retractors are used, endotracheal tube pressures >20 mmhg & thickness of plates.

In brief: Yes

Post-pp dysphagia is a common occurrence following anterior cervical disc surgery.
The incidence varies widely, but recent studies indicates that there is 50% rate in the 1st months following surgery. Risks factors include age >60 yrs, female, # of levels included, pre-existing swallowing problems, length of time of retractors are used, endotracheal tube pressures >20 mmhg & thickness of plates.
Dr. Will Moorehead
Dr. Will Moorehead
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

It should subside with the swelling more comnon after big anterior 3 levels or sonot common with one levels.

In brief: No

It should subside with the swelling more comnon after big anterior 3 levels or sonot common with one levels.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Yes

There is a general term called dysphagia, which refers to difficulty swallowing, and most patient have at least some degree of discomfort or difficulty swallowing after surgery.
Most patients have a complete resolution of this by 2-4 weeks postop. A much smaller percentage of patients have longer term problems with swallowing and among them are those that have dysmotility. Thank you.

In brief: Yes

There is a general term called dysphagia, which refers to difficulty swallowing, and most patient have at least some degree of discomfort or difficulty swallowing after surgery.
Most patients have a complete resolution of this by 2-4 weeks postop. A much smaller percentage of patients have longer term problems with swallowing and among them are those that have dysmotility. Thank you.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Dr. Edward Hellman
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Dr. Stan Lee
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Yes

Swallowing difficulty has been reported as high as 30% of patients after anterior neck surgery.
Most of the time it is transient. Some common risk factors include more levels of surgery, surgery of the upper levels, longer surgical times, and a large neck.

In brief: Yes

Swallowing difficulty has been reported as high as 30% of patients after anterior neck surgery.
Most of the time it is transient. Some common risk factors include more levels of surgery, surgery of the upper levels, longer surgical times, and a large neck.
Dr. Stan Lee
Dr. Stan Lee
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