This clinical otolaryngology case involves the complications and necessary follow-up surgeries sustained after an elective anterior cervical discectomy and fusion procedure. It was determined several weeks after the initial procedure that the patient suffered a perforated esophagus. The operative report does not mention any complications during surgery and does not make note of any signs of a tear or perforation. A few weeks following the discectomy, the patient began to complain of throat pain and difficulty swallowing. Approximately six to eight weeks after surgery, an infection was suspected and the patient underwent an imaging study that revealed subcutaneous air and crepitus. The patient was taken in for exploratory surgery to inspect and clean the infected area. This procedure was conducted without further complication, yet the tear in the esophagus was still unidentified. A second exploratory surgery was performed that finally indicated that a peri-esophageal infection and perforation was present and appeared to be related to the patient’s original cervical fusion surgery.