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Thyroidectomy Vocal Cord Test
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
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
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 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
Had history of post thyroidectomy left vocal cord weakness , with its presentation. The Q can GERD worse the condition? Cause dyspnea, hoarseness of voice?
Yes: GERD could cause those symptoms even with the vocal cord weakness. You should be checked. ...Read more
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
Hi ten years ago found out I had hashimoto and had thyroidectomy , but the last 3 weeks been having bad pains in neck and feeling closed up?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you have phantom feelings in neck after total Thyroidectomy in jan 2015. Slight tightness pressure? How long last ?
I had a thyroidectomy 7 years ago I had most of my lymph nodes removed from my neck I have thus 1 spot by my incision that is more inflamed than usual?
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I've had total thyroidectomy & neck dissection & 2 rai treatments, ultrasound found tissue in thyroid bed, what does this mean?
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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