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I am 9 months postop from a ACDF with a 2 level at C4-5, C5-6 also with a corpectomy at 5. I also had the numbness under the chin. I am happy to tell you that it does get better. At least in my case it has. The only thing I did and still do it rub the area under my chin with just my finger. I don't think using any of the thing that you mentioned will make a difference but it wouldn't hurt. I don't know if my rubbing it helped at all either. I know it works for the incision site.

Yes, to your question about it taking up to a year for the numbness to go away. Remember what they had to do and use to do the surgery so the nerves have been messed with some. Nerves heal at a rate of about an inch a month so it can take that long.

Sorry I wasn't much help. Just give it some time.

Shirl :)


1980- Transaxillary resection of 1st rib and division of band (left side)
1982- Diagnostic Laparoscopy
1985- Transaxillary excision of cervical rib (right side)
1991- Laser stapedectomy (right side)
1992- Fractional D&C
1992- Diagnostic Laparoscopy
1996- Lumbar hemilaminectomy
1999- Left knee arthoscopic surgery
2001- Laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy
2002- L5-S1 Microdiscectomy
2002- L4-L5, L5-S1 Anterior inter-body lumbar fusion with cages and my own bone from left hip for bone graft
2002- Neck problems Surgery??????
2002 DEC 21- C4-5, C5-C6 Anterior Cervical Corpectomy with Fusion and Internal Fixation (Bone from the bone bank)

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