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Can a thyroidectomy cause vocal cord damage?

Can a thyroidectomy cause vocal cord damage?

Yes: Hi. The recurrent laryngeal nerves (RLN) run right by the thyroid on their way to the voice box. Sometimes a RLN has to be sacrificed doing thyroid cancer surgery; more often a surgeon with no business operating in that part of the body hits one (or both). Since you had a thyroidectomy, may I guess it was for cancer? Was the cancer outside the thyroid capsule? Good luck! ...Read more

Vocal Cord (Definition)

The vocal cord is a short (about 1cm long) band of tissue in the larynx (aka "voice box"). It is paired, so everyone has 2, and they are located just below the "adam's apple." when you breathe, they are separated from each other. When you speak, they come together while your lungs push air (like a bellows or bagpipe) past them, and they vibrate, like a reed ...Read more


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I have a damaged vocal cord due to Thyroidectomy, lately i noticed an internal lump above collar bone left to the neck, could it be related?

I have a damaged vocal cord due to Thyroidectomy, lately i  noticed an internal lump above collar bone left to the neck, could it be related?

Perhaps, if: your thyroidictomy was performed for cancer, it could be recurrence in lymph node. Otherwise, lump is probably not directly related to nerve damage. Ask your surgeon for further advice. ...Read more

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I am a thyroidectomy patient they did my surgery last 3 months ago.Then my right vocal cord get paralized, some idea to get my voice back pls..

I am a thyroidectomy patient they did my surgery last 3 months ago.Then my right vocal cord get paralized, some idea to get my voice back pls..

Injection or more: You can try with speech therapy which maximizes your voice based on how you speak. Other options include injections of either permanent or temporary products into your vocal cord to keep it more in contact with your mobile vocal cord. Finally, you can have an implant that keeps your paralyzed vocal cord more in contact with your mobile one. ...Read more

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I know main risks of thyroidectomy are damage to the vocal cords or parathyroid glands. Are there any statistics about the likelihood of these risks?

I know main risks of thyroidectomy are damage to the vocal cords or parathyroid glands. Are there any statistics about the likelihood of these risks?

Skill of your MD: Those are definitely the risk of the procedure. But a well skilled surgeon will decrease the odds of those complications. Statistics are just that numbers. Talk to your surgeon and check out their record and experience. ...Read more

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Thyroidectomy and modified radical neck dissection. Going to be having that soon. Any advice?

Thyroidectomy and modified radical neck dissection. Going to be having that soon. Any advice?

Talk to surgeon: My advice is that if you have any questions or concerns, you should raise those with your surgeon before surgery. Sounds like you will be on hormone replacement after surgery. May need some nuclear medicine treatment also. ...Read more

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I am 2 days post op after a total thyroidectomy. What can I do for shoulder and neck stiffness?

I am 2 days post op after a total thyroidectomy. What can I do for shoulder and neck stiffness?

Do not disturb: at only 2 days out, you certainly would not want to disturb anything. Best thing is just very gentle active stretching and possibly very gentle massage to the back of the neck but by no means around R over the incision site. This stiffness in all probability is secondary to the way you had to be positioned to get to the thyroid gland. ...Read more

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Can you have phantom feelings in neck after total Thyroidectomy in jan 2015. Slight tightness pressure? How long last ?

Can you have phantom feelings in neck after total Thyroidectomy in jan 2015. Slight tightness pressure? How long last ?

Phantom?: What are your "phantom" symptoms. Some nerves are sectioned getting to the thyroid gland. They should have regenerated. Some residual numbness could be present at the surgical site. Ask your head and neck surgeon about this. ...Read more

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My sis, had total thyroidectomy in 2012 due to papillary thyroid ca, she feels a lump on her neck, tg and scan were normal, what could it be?

My sis, had total thyroidectomy in 2012 due to papillary thyroid ca, she feels a lump on her neck, tg and scan were normal, what could it be?

Show it to her docto: After surgery for cancer, one needs to have follow up visits with the doctor who did the operation. The doctor can examine her and let you/her know what it is that she is feeling. If the surgeon is not available, she can go see any doctor like an internist or an endocrinologist whom she saw in the beginning of 2012(before surgery was done). ...Read more

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I had a hemi thyroidectomy in 2006 right side I recently had a CT of my neck for other reasons and the results came back with a heterogenous enlargement of myl left side. Should I be concerned?

I had a hemi thyroidectomy in 2006 right side I recently had a CT of my neck for other reasons and the results came back with a heterogenous enlargement of myl left side. Should I be concerned?

Need an ultrasound: If the right side was taken out and u were not placed on thyroid replacement, it's common for the left side to overcompensate & gets a little bigger. With the ct scan above, i would get an ultrasound of the thyroid to make sure there is no nodules in the "heterogenous" left lobe. If there is, u will need to follow it or get a biopsy. I assume the right was not cancerous since the left was left in. ...Read more

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Had total thyroidectomy 3 weeks ago. Is it normal for there to still be pain and discomfort in the neck and throat at this point?

Had total thyroidectomy 3 weeks ago. Is it normal for there to still be pain and discomfort in the neck and throat at this point?

It's Normal.: Three weeks after such a significant surgery, the underlying soft tissues are still healing , so there will be some discomfort or pain. It will take 8-10 weeks to complete healing. If persists or gets worse must see your surgeon. ...Read more

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Dec 2006 total thyroidectomy for papillary carcinoma & neck dissection bc in nodes...Now us shows tissue in thyroid bed...What is it ?

Dec 2006 total thyroidectomy for papillary carcinoma & neck dissection bc in nodes...Now us shows tissue in thyroid bed...What is it ?

Residual thyroid: The surgeon cannot remove every last remnant of thyroid. This is why RAI is often given after thyroidectomy, to mop up any residual thyroid tissue-normal or cancerous. The US may just be detecting residual thyroid that the surgeon did not get. See your Endocrinologist. ...Read more

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I've had total thyroidectomy & neck dissection & 2 rai treatments, ultrasound found tissue in thyroid bed, what does this mean?

I've had total thyroidectomy & neck dissection & 2 rai treatments, ultrasound found tissue in thyroid bed, what does this mean?

Left over tissue: What you describe could be scar, left over normal thyroid tissue, or thyroid cancer. Ultra sound guided fine needle biopsy, +/- molecular markers and a thyroglobulin wash out can give you the answer. ...Read more

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I found another lump on left side of neck, how likely is cancer still roaming my body after thyroidectomy w/rt lymph node removal and i121 treatment?

 I found another lump on left side of neck, how likely is cancer still roaming my body after thyroidectomy w/rt lymph node removal and i121 treatment?

Lump: A new lump in your neck with your history of lymph nodes and thyroidectomy needs you to go back to your doctor and/or surgeon as quickly as possible. It is not always possible to get a swift appointment to busy doctors but don't be shy! ...Read more

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Had thyroid cancer and thyroidectomy 12 years ago.Am pregnant w/ 2nd child, 6 mm hypoechoic heterogenous nodule found in neck area.Recurrence possibly?

Get checked by docto: Your doctor should guide you. I would advise monitoring this nodule for any further growth over 3-6 months. If it grows, then a fna biopsy would be the next step to confirm its nature. Without biopsy we can not tell. There is some small risk that it could be a recurrence but only certain way to find out is by doing a biopsy. ...Read more

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How long will my throat and neck feel uncomfortable? I had total thyroidectomy 8.5 weeks ago. Should I have physician exam?

How long will my throat and neck feel uncomfortable? I had total thyroidectomy 8.5 weeks ago. Should I have physician exam?

Healing vs infection: Healing can take some time but 8.5 weeks seems a bit long. You need to return to your surgeon to see if everything is healed correctly. Sometimes blood clots and infections can cause a fullness that can take a long time to resolve, but your surgeon can examine you and make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Thyroidectomy (Definition)

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