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Strengthening Your Voice Box For Singing After A 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
I have a large toxic adenoma and a hoarse voice. What are my chances of getting my normal voice back after my thyroidectomy ?
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
Had total thyroidectomy due to thyroid cancer 7 weeks ago; voice get tired after talking for awhile. Normal side effect and when will it get better?
My left vocal chord nerve is not moving after thyroidectomy.But surgeon told that nerve is little bruised.My voice is low i can't speak louder.?
Not unusual: The particular nerve to the vocal cord has to be retracted during thyroid surgery. It is not unusual for it to take a while to recover and for your voice to return to normal. This happens with other neck surgeries as well such as fusing the neck vertebrae for disc disease. Observe and stay in touch with your surgeon. Try to rest your voice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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