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Had surgery to remove disc in neck and spur from another disc, incision was from front. Feel like something struck in throat. Cause?

Hi i had op to remove disc in my neck and removal of spur on another disc 4 months ago.The inscision was from front hence they had to move voice box etc to do op.Since then i feel as though there is something stuck in my throat constantly and i end up gagging and nearly being sick.this is getting worse not better.Do you know what may be causing this.
Thu, 3 Jan 2013
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Hi

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The symptoms described by you seems to be related to nerve damage (probably the superior laryngeal nerve). The damage to superior laryngeal nerve happens when the nerve gets stretched/damaged partially or completely while performing the surgery.

With the damage to the nerve there is loss of sensation over the superior part of the larynx hence causing repeated gagging and coughing. Consult an ENT specialist for a thorough evaluation of the throat.

I wish you good health

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