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Can people talk after thyroid surgery?

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Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
yes: For thyroid surgery, an anterior neck incision is used and the risk is low. The recurrent laryngeal nerve is examined during placement and removal of the anesthetic breathing tube, your surgeon will be well trained to avoid this nerve during surgery. If the nerve becomes dysfunctional, it is usually temporary. Take family/friend to ask these details of your surgeon. Be well.
Dr. Brendan Stack jr., md, facs, face
Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Talking: There are no talking restrictions after thyroidectomy. In fact, many surgeons want to hear you talk in the recovery room to confirm post operative vocal function. There is a risk of post operative hoarseness but talking does not cause it or make it worse. There is a temptation in hoarse patients to try to increase their volume or yell. DO NOT DO THIS! This can cause long term bad speech habits.

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