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Voice Hoarseness 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
Hoarseness is having difficulty producing sound when trying to speak, or a change in the pitch or quality of the voice. The voice may sound weak, very breathy, scratchy, or husky. Hoarseness is usually caused by a problem in the vocal cords. Most cases of hoarseness occur with swelling (inflammation) ...Read more
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
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 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
What kind of test can determine hoarseness causes? Had total thyroidectomy in Jan2015 and my voice feels slight hoarse and clearing throat, clear
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
Layrynscopy no damage from thyroidectomy ENT, it's allergy related for hoarse voice-. Flonase /Claritin try. What are other causes /lung symptoms?
Depend on how long s: Voice changes expected following any surgical procedure, requiring general anesthesia? this usually result from throat and laryngeal irritation from anesthesia tube (endotracheal tube), usually transient and last few days. In regard to thyroid surgery, specifically there is always risk of laryngeal nerve injury, which result in voice changes, this can be permanent or temporary. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: If the recurrent larnyngeal nerve or the superior laryngeal nerve (nerves that control your vocal cords for voice) was stretched, bruised, or mildly injured (not cut), then recovery can take weeks to months. If the nerve was cut, regardless of the reason, hoarseness may be permanent but there exceptions to this. You should see your surgeon regularly during this period. Read more
What happens if hoarseness persists after a thyroidectomy, what kind of assessment can one expect to be carried out by the doctor/ent?
Vocal cord paralysis: Hi. Your ENT can easily check to see if you have vocal cord paralysis, which is a result of damage to the recurrent laryngeal nerve than can occur with thyroidectomy. Your ENT can often alleviate the hoarseness by approximating the severed ends of the nerve and encasing it in gel; peripheral nerves can regenerate. Good luck! Read more
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
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
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
Twelve yrs. Ago I had sub-total thyroidectomy&lost voice for 8 mos. I regained my voice but I get tired when talking&cldn't sing. Why? And what can I do?
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 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
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
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