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Can you please tell me about vocal cord trauma following intubation (surgery)?

Can you please tell me about vocal cord trauma following intubation (surgery)?

Needs evaluation: Vocal cord irritation (not trauma) is a very common issue after any intubation as the endotracheal tube physically is passed through the vocal cords so oxygen can be supplied to the lungs. The longer the intubation period the worse the irritation. If there is actual trauma, then it needs to be evaluated by the anesthesiologist and and ENT physician. ...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 on a ...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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Urination issue after ktp vocal cord surgery 5 days ago. Stopper pain meds 4 days ago. Go frequent but very weak stream and dribbling. Should I worry?

Urination issue after ktp vocal cord surgery 5 days ago. Stopper pain meds 4 days ago. Go frequent but very weak stream and dribbling. Should I worry?

Other medicines?: Pain meds are not the only ones that can slow urination. If you are not relieved after urinating & still feel you need to go but only dribble, you need to be checked for possible causes especially if you were voiding normally before your surgery. If you can feel you have a full bladder but are only dribbling, go to the ER. Are you drinking enough fluids? An evaluation seems reasonable. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can the nerve to the vocal cord be damaged in in carotid artery surgery?

Can the nerve to the vocal cord be damaged in in carotid artery surgery?

Yes: The main nerve vagus runs in the surgical field and we try to protect it.
The vagus gives off the recurrent laryngeal
to the voice box.
Cautery, pressure, cutting the vagus will cause a problem. ...Read more

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My daughters ENT has recommended surgery for her vocal cord paralysis what is the best way to get a second opinion?

My daughters ENT has recommended surgery for her vocal cord paralysis what is the best way to get a second opinion?

Ask your primary doc: If you need a second opinion, ask your primary care doctor to make a referral for you. He/she will have all the records and can send it to your next referral. You can even ask your current ENT for a name for a second opinion. Good specialist should not be offended if a patient asked for a second opinion. ...Read more

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What is the remedy for ulcer pain in mouth during imrt on vocal cord cancer after surgery of the lymp?

What is the remedy for ulcer pain in mouth during imrt on vocal cord cancer after surgery of the lymp?

Various meds: Ulceration in oral cavity not uncommon due to IMRT effecting oral mucosa. A number of different approaches have been used for relief. Symptoms usually gone after several weeks. Suck ice chips and use a saliva substitute to moiste mouth. Solcoseryl, a dental paste found to help mouth sores. Biotene also helps to heal sores because it has similar enzymes to saliva. One should also try L-Glutamine ...Read more

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Does a herniated disc surgery for c6-c7 and c6-c5 will risk my vocal cord since I had 12 year ago X-ray treatment of right vocal cord carcinoma?

Does a herniated disc surgery for c6-c7 and c6-c5 will risk my vocal cord since I had 12 year ago X-ray treatment of right vocal cord carcinoma?

Herniated disc: The risk is low for vocal injury after anterior neck surgery. The spine surgeon will likely go from the right side of the neck since the right vocal is likely weak or paralyzed. The endotracheal tube can cause vocal nerve damage to. A preoperative evaluation of the vocal cords with an ears, nose, and throat surgeon is essential to determine the strength of the vocal cords. ...Read more

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What is the remedy of ulcer and pain in mouth during imrt on vocal cord cancer after surgery of the lymph node?

What is the remedy of ulcer and pain in mouth during imrt on vocal cord cancer after surgery of the lymph node?

Mucositis: You have mucositis from IMRT. Some easy remedies include chewing ice chips, chewing sugarless gum, or sucking tart sugarfree candy. If these do not work there are artificial saliva products that your physician can prescribe for you or some over-the-counter products are available such as enzyme based Oral Balance, Biotene, etc. See your radiation oncologist for suggestions. ...Read more

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What surgeries can help Vocal Cord Dysfunction?

What surgeries can help Vocal Cord Dysfunction?

Vocal cord: An Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor is the person you need to see, and do not wait too long for an appointment. ...Read more

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I am 34 year old male with a hoarse voice (high pitch). Should I go for vocal cord surgery? I'm looking for a voice specialist who can work with me on the issue. Also have a long medical history related to pre-mature aging (early cataract, diabetes, alope

I am 34 year old male with a hoarse voice (high pitch). Should I go for vocal cord surgery? I'm looking for a voice specialist who can work with me on the issue. Also have a long medical history related to pre-mature aging (early cataract, diabetes, alope

If: If you are having voice changes, you should have a complete ENT evaluation. It should be ascertained why you are having hoarseness. In particular, thyroid problems can cause this so your thyroid status needs to be evaluated. Please seek out an otolaryngologist (ENT) in your area for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Is there a surgery I can get to thicken my vocal cords and improve the deepness of my voice? How much does a surgery like that typically cost?

Is there a surgery I can get to thicken my vocal cords and improve the deepness of my voice? How much does a surgery like that typically cost?

Speech therapist: Consult a speech therapist. There is no surgical procedure to thicken the cords and it is unlikely that you need one any way. You may try a medical school near you for a speech therapy specialist. ...Read more

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Is there a method (except surgery) to eliminate or reduce a cyst on the vocal cords (in my profile there is the photo of my vocal cords)? Thank you

Is there a method (except surgery) to eliminate or reduce a cyst on the vocal cords (in my profile there is the photo of my vocal cords)? Thank you

Cyst on cord: Unfortunately no. A good micro surgeon laryngologist type of doctor can take care of this for you with minimal scarring and a return to voice function. I deal with these all the time. I would be happy to refer you to someone in your area to help you. Good luck. Feel better! ...Read more

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Is there a method (except surgery) to eliminate or reduce a cyst on the vocal cords (in my profile there is the photo of my vocal cords)? Thank you

Is there a method (except surgery) to eliminate or reduce a cyst on the vocal cords (in my profile there is the photo of my vocal cords)? Thank you

Cysts: Cysts, no matter the location, have tendency to change in size and intensity but do not go away on their own. There is a casing around a fluid filled sack. Things like irritation tend to aggravate them. To eliminate completely, unfortunately you have to remove the entire sack. This is a surgical procedure. Voice rest, control of any acid reflux or post nasal drainage, can decrease size. ...Read more

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Can a polypoid on the vocal cords diminish in size with proper voice rest and speech therapy? I would prefer to avoid surgery, if I know that my singing voice can improve with proper voice rest and speech therapy. I am a professional singer.

Vocal cord polyp: Vocal cord polyps have been observed to resolve with conservative care. Laryngologists with the best microscopes and lasers usually can accomplish excellent clinical results if resection proves necessary. A good speech pathologist should coach you in strategies for voice rest - it's quite difficult! ...Read more

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Surgery put off no ins I am disable haven't got it yet. Tumor been growing for a year now it feel s like its wraarourd. Something an I am having pain joldonng things on my atms an turning my neck?

Surgery put off no ins I am disable haven't got it yet. Tumor been growing for a year now it feel s like its wraarourd. Something an I am having pain joldonng things on my atms an turning my neck?

May need to go to ER: If you have been told that you have a tumor and it is causing these kinds of symptom, you need help. If this is a tumor that you know about, it could be affecting nerves in the neck or spinal cord. This is a possible emergency.
If the pain is severe you need to go to the er. The hospital might be able to get you covered by medicaid. ...Read more

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What are vocal cord polyps?

Scar tissue: These are usually signs of irritation.

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Are vocal cord polyps reversible?

Are vocal cord polyps reversible?

They can shrink: Often times the best coure of action is to have the polyp removed (and biopsied for presence of cancer cells-as benign polyps can convert to malignant tumors) check with an experienced otolaryngolgist (ent). ...Read more

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Does neck surgery affect your voice?

Does neck surgery affect your voice?

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. ...Read more

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What to do if I have acdf neck surgery?

What to do if I have acdf neck surgery?

Enjoy: In a properly selected patient, an acdf can be a remarkably successful procedure. Hopefully you will enjoy tremendous pain relief and will follow your surgeons postoperative protocol. ...Read more

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Could back surgery cause neck problems?

Could back surgery cause neck problems?

Unlikely: The nerves in the low back travel downwards, into the legs, not up towards the neck, so from a neurologic standpoint, back surgery would not affect the neck. However, it would be possible for back surgery to alter your body mechanics and indirectly cause neck problems. ...Read more

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Whom do you see for vocal cord problems?

ENT!: Depending on your insurance, you will need to see your primary doctor for a referral, but otherwise you can make an appointment with an otolarygologist (ENT) specialist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about acdf neck surgery?

Can you tell me about acdf neck surgery?

See below: An approach to the diseased disc is made through the front of the neck. The disc is removed and the nerves and spinal cord are freed from impingement at that level. A spacer is placed in the disc space and can be made of a variety of materials. A plate can be applied to potentially increase the rigidity of the system. Over 8-12 weeks bone grows across the spacer resulting in a fused segment. ...Read more

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Do I need a catheter for my neck surgery?

Do I need a catheter for my neck surgery?

Depends on surgery: It all depends on the length of the surgery and the condition that you have in your neck.
Would leave this up to the surgeon. Discuss this with him. ...Read more

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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

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When is surgery absolutely necessary with a neck injury?

When is surgery absolutely necessary with a neck injury?

Spinal cord threat: Any suggestion of possible damage to the spinal cord, such as compression, leg weakness, bladder urgency, numbness levels over the trunk, or progressive pain, weakness, muscle bulk loss in one or both arms may mandate surgical treatment. ...Read more