On December 27, 2012 my 15 year old daughter had scoliosis surgery. She had an ET tube for about 28 hours. She loves to sing and wants to be a professional singer. She is now over two weeks out from her surgery and finds that she still can't sing. When she tries to sing in her upper range her voice cracks, sounds airy, and hurts. Will this heal? Is there anything she can do to promote healing and get her singing voice back? Please help.
Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies...
Although the reason for your daughter's vocal symptoms may simply be post-intubation edema (swelling) that may resolve with time, it is certainly possible that she has experienced an intubation-related injury. Intubation injuries to the larynx most commonly present as vocal fold motion impairment or development of granulation tissue in the posterior larynx. The only way to determine the cause of her persistent symptoms and appropriate treatment strategies is to be evaluated by an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician.
Best of luck to both of you!