Rochester, New York 14642


The purpose of this study is to evaluate if Tracheal Traction Exercises (TTE) performed prior to anterior cervical spine surgery can result in a decreased rate of dysphagia.


Inclusion Criteria: - Elective Anterior cervical spine surgery (C2-C7) for degenerative disc disease or myelopathy Exclusion Criteria: - More than four levels of fusion - Trauma or urgent cases of anterior cervical spine surgery - Prior anterior cervical spine surgery (a known risk factor for dysphagia), - Prior neck surgery (eg. Thyroidectomy) - Tumors - Infections - Neurological disorders that can predispose to dysphagia such as Parkinson's, Cerebrovascular Accidents (CVA), Alzheimer's and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.



Primary Contact:

Addisu Mesfin, MD
Phone: 585-275-5196

Backup Contact:

Allison W McIntyre, MPH, CCRC
Phone: 585-341-9304

Location Contact:

Rochester, New York 14642
United States

Allison W McIntyre, MPH,CCRC
Phone: 585-341-9304

Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source:

Date Processed: March 16, 2018

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