A 48-year-old member asked:
does neck surgery affect your voice?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Rashid Khan answered
32 years experience Internal Medicine
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.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013
Dr. Edward Hellman answered
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
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.
Answered on Jul 19, 2014
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