Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Voice Loss

On July 23 I had surgery. After 9 days I experienced voice loss after surgery.  The first few days felt like something in the throat and at this time I had only the loss of voice.  I know that with being intubated you run this risk. I'm only curious if anyone experienced long term damage or how long it took for your vocal cords to heal. And what you did to help them along. I am scared and I know I need see an ENT specialist if it isn't better by 7 days post-op. Thanks

Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies... 
What type of surgery did you have? It is possible to experience vocal fold injury following certain types of surgery, such as head and neck or cardiac/ thoracic surgery. Vocal fold injury as a result of surgery would have different implications for prognosis and treatment recommendations than would injury secondary to intubation. I would be happy to provide more information if you would like share more details surrounding your situation.

Thank you for your question.

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