A 45-year-old member asked:
Disclaimer

can a thyroidectomy cause vocal cord damage?

1 doctor answer
Dr. Thomas Knecht
A Verified Doctor answered
A US doctor answered Learn more
Yes: Hi. The recurrent laryngeal nerves (RLN) run right by the thyroid on their way to the voice box. Sometimes a RLN has to be sacrificed doing thyroid cancer surgery; more often a surgeon with no business operating in that part of the body hits one (or both). Since you had a thyroidectomy, may I guess it was for cancer? Was the cancer outside the thyroid capsule? Good luck!
Answered on Dec 3, 2018

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Arnoult
24 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: GERD could cause those symptoms even with the vocal cord weakness. You should be checked.
1
1 thank
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sneid
40 years experience Endocrinology
No: This doesn't happen after thyroidectomy.
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Knecht
A Verified Doctor answered
A US doctor answered Learn more
Thyroidectomy: Hi. Thyroidectomy is usually done for thyroid cancer. Thyroid hormone has a long half-life in the blood, and if you are started on thyroid hormone rep ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Jaindl
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Shortly after ...: Hoarseness can occur from irritation caused by the endotracheal tube placed between you vocal cords into your wind pipe to breath for you while under ... Read More
2
2 thanks

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month