Vocal cord injury after thyroidectomy

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RE: Vocal cord injury after thyroidectomy

by Saima2001 on Fri Aug 08, 2014 05:27 PM

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Hi, my 12 years old daughter had thyroidectomy surgery 23rd June 2014 after that she is not safe swallowing because food going wrong way to her luang. ENT doctor said its because may be nerve damage it's take time to recovery but not sure it's hope. Any one have this problem and get better if how long time it take better please please let us know. As we are a parents we are very very worry about our daughter feed because at monument she is feeding by NG tube by nose.

RE: Vocal cord injury after thyroidectomy

by liveyourlife on Sun Aug 24, 2014 06:10 AM

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Hi,

I am so sorry your daughter is going through this.  Although I had difficulty swallowing post surgery, I did regain my ability to swallow and eat normally after about 4-6 weeks-if I recall correctly.  Clear liquids were impossible to swallow and I couldn't chew foods. I was able to slowly have a sort of pureed food-like a thick soup.  I ended up blending all kinds of crazy things in the blender. It was a gradual process but I did regain all my functioning.  If /when your daughter can handle pureed foods, I have some great foods I enjoyed.

My best to you and your daughter.

 Sheri

RE: Vocal cord injury after thyroidectomy

by kaw1970 on Wed Apr 08, 2015 07:36 PM

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It's been two weeks since my left thyroid surgey. And I still don't have my voice back. I sound like I have laryngitis.  When I returned to the surgeon.  He told me to go to my family doctor.  He acted like he has no idea why I don't have my voice back. I'm an asthmatic,  and it's difficult to breathe when I walk, or worse when I try to talk. Sometimes it's like I'm stuttering. It feels like there's cotton balls in my throat when I swallow. 

My family doctor has been the only one concerned. I'm on steroids. Which seems to help a little.  

I also have numbness from my incision all the way up to my face. Again, the surgeon has no clue why.

I'm frustrated. Anyone else have trouble like this.

RE: Vocal cord injury after thyroidectomy

by Lizzette on Tue Aug 04, 2015 12:00 AM

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Hi, I wanted to know how are you doing now, since I also have the same problem.

RE: Vocal cord injury after thyroidectomy

by Lizzette on Thu May 26, 2016 10:30 PM

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It takes a couple of months to a year to get fully better.

RE: Vocal cord injury after thyroidectomy

by shadinik1 on Tue Jun 07, 2016 12:58 AM

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On Oct 19, 2008 12:00 AM alikatz wrote:

Has anyone had complications with their vocal cords after TT?  I have vocal cord paralysis (bruising as my doctor calls it), and seems to be temporary.  My voice is squeaky like laryngitis, and breathy-- I run out of air when speaking long sentences.  I had difficulty swallowing liquids right after surgery, but getting better.  I get winded easily because my vocal cords do not move to part wide to allow ample air.  I have heard that this can go for months.  Has anyone experienced this, and what advice can you give.  This has been going on for 3 weeks now.   

Im about two weeks post op from getting half of my thyriod removed. I'm feeling better but my voice is horrible! My surgeon said my chords are weak but he thinks it should totally recover. He seemed surprised at my follow up appointment when I couldn't talk. Mine is getting better every day and I hope yours is too :) my doctor recommended singing and doing the ABCs to exercise the vocal chords.

RE: Vocal cord injury after thyroidectomy

by dnelson2016 on Wed Aug 03, 2016 02:10 AM

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My doctor said no talking at all and to rest my vocal chords.  Isn't it strange that this is a common occurance, yet no set regime after surgery.

RE: Vocal cord injury after thyroidectomy

by Lizzette on Wed Aug 03, 2016 12:13 PM

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On Aug 08, 2014 5:27 PM Saima2001 wrote:

Hi, my 12 years old daughter had thyroidectomy surgery 23rd June 2014 after that she is not safe swallowing because food going wrong way to her luang. ENT doctor said its because may be nerve damage it's take time to recovery but not sure it's hope. Any one have this problem and get better if how long time it take better please please let us know. As we are a parents we are very very worry about our daughter feed because at monument she is feeding by NG tube by nose.
This is malpractice!!, seek legal aid! Your daughter is in danger!

RE: Vocal cord injury after thyroidectomy

by Jbryant on Wed Aug 03, 2016 08:29 PM

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Yes. Before my surgery and after. It has been 8 months now and my voice is still lower and fades away to a whisper sometimes. I have several swollen lymph nodes too. It is hard to swallow meds and food. My Endo said too, that it would get better, but that was suppose to be at 6 months. I am being patient with her. I hope that you get better soon. Are you tired a lot? How are your emotions since surgery?

RE: Vocal cord injury after thyroidectomy

by Letthegirlsing on Mon Sep 12, 2016 08:07 PM

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I was diagnosed with Papillary and Follicular cancer in June 2015;  Surgery 7/2015;  Radiation 8/2015.

Voice didn't come back until late December 2015 and I am a singer, so it was a welcome return.

I've always felt like I had something 'stuck' to the outside of my throat and find it VERY uncomfortable and distracting while speaking, singing, eating, breathing.  Its on the forefront of my mind, almost all day every day.

A year after the surgery, I suffered my first Laryngospasm!  The cords just CLOSED and wouldn't open!  I couldn't breathe in!  The spasm lasted about 30 seconds and scared me.  6 weeks later, two weeks ago, I suffered another one WHILE DRIVING!!!!  My surgeon is a LOVELY woman who told me, its unlikely from the surgery but to get it looked at ASAP, its nothing to mess with.  I can't get in to see the ENT until 10/21.  WIthin the last few days, the sensation of not being able to talk and sing comfortably has gotten worse.  So much so, that I am seeing my GP in two days to BEG for an MRI on my neck... I get the suspicion that something is wrong.

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