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A 48-year-old member asked:

Had parathyroidectomy and got a hoarse voice (actually lost voice at first); how long to get the voice back?

1 doctor answer6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Nerve problem: During parathyroidectomy, there is risk to the nerve that controls the voice. It can suffer temporary or permanent injury. This will alter the sound of the voice as well as the effort required to make the sound. See a laryngologist for an examination and the best advice. Most of us will treat the voice and then watch you. After a year, don't expect function to return to normal.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

Just had parathyroidectomy but still have hoarse voice, actually lost voice at first?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Recurrent nerve: Although unusual, the recurrent nerve can be injured during a parathyroidectomy. If your hoarseness was mild and very transient, i would not worry about it. But if it persists, have some one look at your vocal cords (usually an ent). It is quick and painless.
Last updated Jul 3, 2015

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