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A 48-year-old member asked:

Does neck surgery affect your voice?

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Dr. Rashid Khan
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Yes: If there is damage to recurrent laryngeal nerve during the surgery.It will affect the voice and can cause hoarseness or loss of voice aka aphonia.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Potentially: It depends in part on the nature of the neck surgery and also whether or not there is a complication. Having surgery on your vocal cords could certainly affect your voice. I am a spinal surgeon and we do some neck surgeries in the front of the neck. In those cases, the recurrent laryngeal nerve and the crycothyroid nerve both affect the voice and can be irritated during surgery. Thank you.

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Last updated Jul 19, 2014

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