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I had surgery on C5/6 in February of 2018.
I did not have a fusion but disk replacements.
The surgery went well and it was done as an out-patient.
I noticed my throat started to itch and swell (but not like you).
It was actually the thing that hangs down the back of your throat (sorry I can't remember what it is called).
I think I might have been allergic to something they used.
I was still able to swallow and the swelling went down in a few days.

I wish I could give you advice other than to take care of yourself and accept any help you can get.

Wishing you a speedy recover!
GRANDMAr (Ronnie)

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Hi there Ronnie. I think that is called the Uvula and it is there to lubricate the back of the mouth and to direct nasal secretions to your throat. I had to have my removed when I was 22 years old. Haven't missed it yet. Nice to see you posting. It has been a while.

Hi Ronnie, I have osteoarthritis, severe spinal stenosis in back and neck…I turned down the surgery in my neck like you have had and have used exercise, exerstriding (from advice by my therapist)50 minutes 5 days a week with a combo of gabapentin & small amount of Vicodin, I have a great quality of life, I feel blessed this is working for me…I was afraid of surgery & heard it doesn’t always work, God’s Blessings to you..

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