I had an acdf in January. Everything is fine but I have numbness from my chin to the incision site. Is this anything to worry about or is it a result of the nerves that were cut during surgery needing to regenerate before the numbness goes away?
There are sensory nerves in the skin that can be disrupted from the incision. It is unusual to have a larger area with numbness. Normally, within six months the sensation returns.
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Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.