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Doctor insights on: Strengthening Your Voice Box For Singing After A Thyroidectomy

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Will my singing voice return after total thyroidectomy?

Will my singing voice return after total thyroidectomy?

It can: The risk of nerve injury with surgery should be about 1%. If it happens, 50% can recover. The recurrent laryngeal nerve controls the voice and damage can cause severe hoarseness and weak voice. Superior laryngeal nerve damage can cause loss of pitch. The overwhelming majority of people have no problem, some have mild weakness that returns, and very few have permanent damage. Chances are good. ...Read more

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Dr. William Culviner
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Thyroidectomy (Definition)

This is the removal of all or part of the thyroid gland. It is generally performed for rumors of the gland, occasionally for enlarged and hyper functioning glands that do ...Read more


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My endocrinologist recommends that I do a thyroidectomy, and I do sing in a choir, is there a chance i could lose my singing voice?

My endocrinologist recommends that I do a thyroidectomy, and I do sing in a choir, is there a chance i could lose my singing voice?

There are : Other appropriate therapies for graves' disease such as radioiodine and antithyroid drugs that are usually preferred compared to surgery. Vocal changes, including vocal cord paralysis are potential complications (among others) of thyroid surgery, which is why it is not commonly recommended. Check w/your doctor or consider a second opinion. ...Read more

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What is the cause of hoarseness of voice after thyroidectomy?

What is the cause of hoarseness of voice after thyroidectomy?

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 anesthesia. Another less common cause is a weakness or paralysis of a vocal cord due to injury to a nerve that is used to close your vocal cords together for speaking, coughing and swallowing. This can be a temporary or permanent problem.See your ent. ...Read more

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How long will it take to for me to project my voice after total thyroidectomy? My doctors states he hears an improvement but the level is same to me.

How long will it take to for me to project my voice after total thyroidectomy? My doctors states he hears an improvement but the level is same to me.

Hoarseness: Generally, after total thyroidectomy your voice should be completely normal. This may indicate that there is a temporary issue with your vocal cord mobility. Or, it could be related to some inflammation of your vocal cords from the breathing tube that was in your throat during surgery. It may take between 4 to 6 weeks to get back to normal. ...Read more

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My R RLN was cauterized 2 sonometers during Thyroidectomy. My voice is gone. What is the likelihood of a RLN healing from cauterization?

My R RLN was cauterized 2 sonometers during Thyroidectomy. My voice is gone. What is the likelihood of a RLN healing from cauterization?

Unknown: If you mean that your recurrent laryngeal nerve was injured via heat cauterization there is a chance for recovery but it can take 6 months. Furthermore with time and voice therapy or vocal cord injection or thyroplasty you can still have a good voice as long as both nerves weren't injured ...Read more

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I have a large toxic adenoma and a hoarse voice. What are my chances of getting my normal voice back after my thyroidectomy ?

Half: About 50/50. Depends on if the voice box or the nerve that controls the voice box is involved or not. Won't know until the surgery is done to see if u recover. ...Read more

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Hi six years ago i had a thyroidectomy removing the right lobe only. this has left me permanently hoarse.and sometimes even waking to a lost voice.what can be the cause of this?

When 2 get evaluated: Voice changes after thyroidectomy can occur, it is usually temporary. The nerve that controls the voice is close to the site of your surgery. Get an evaluation with your local ENT doc. Ask for an evaluation of your vocal cords. Likely they will look at your cords with a scope. It is not too late, take friend or family with you to exam. Be well. ...Read more

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Been reading about hoarseness after total thyroidectomy so basically even with the best surgeon you can have mild hoarseness or voice issues after?

Not really: hoarseness associated with a total thyroidectomy is usually related to either injury to or inflammation around the recurrent laryngeal nerve. It can be up to 10% risk of either temporary or permanent nerve damage. All the literature suggests that the most important factor in deciding a surgeon is volume. I only send my patients to high volume thyroid surgeons. ...Read more

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Had total thyroidectomy in January no complications for MNG. Have had a cold nose , to touch and clear Post nasal drip and light hoarse voice , why?

Had total thyroidectomy in January no complications for MNG.  Have had a cold nose , to touch and clear Post nasal drip and  light hoarse voice , why?

Could be Rhinitis: Chronic rhinitis presents with a variety of symptoms including nasal congestion, running, ear fullness, itching (eyes and nose), and post-nasal drip that can be seasonal or year round. Triggers can be allergic (animal dander, pollen, dust mites) or non-allergic (strong scents/odors, cleaning products, weather changes). See an Allergist to determine if your symptoms are consistent with above. ...Read more

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I have had a complete thyroidectomy 10 months ago and I still have problems with my throat. My voice goes and I feel like coughing a lot.?

I have had a complete thyroidectomy  10 months ago and I still have problems with my throat. My voice goes and I feel like coughing a lot.?

Possible injury: Your surgeon may have slightly damaged one of the nerves for your voice box. See an ear, nose and throat doctor who can perform specific tests as well as offer exercises for your voice box. Good luck! ...Read more

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