Damage to vocal chord during surgery

I had my TT a few days ago on 11/16. Minor complications because there was so much bleeding, 3 hr surgery turned into 5 hrs. My right vocal chord was damaged, we hope it's temporary. Meeting with a laryngeal specialist in 2 weeks to reassess.
Did anyone else have damage to their vocal chord during their TT, and if so how long until you fully recovered and got your voice back?
Thanks!

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I had damage to the vocal cord after my neck dissection in June 2010 and as yet it is still paralysed. X

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Hi Kazzmo, sorry to hear your voice chord is still paralyzed. Did any of your voice come back in time? I am very nervous.

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It's good you are going to see a laryngeal specialist so soon after your surgery--very smart! I had no idea of such options. Both of my vocal chords were paralyzed after surgery. One returned to normal 2 months later, the other remains paralyzed 4 years later. I am going to see an otolaryngologist in December--saw a different one about a year ago who wanted to do something more invasive than I was willing to do, after my history :)

There are ways to fix vocal chord paralysis, or other damage, and I hope that this specialist will guide you in the right direction. I can speak normally, but, when stressed, it's obvious my voice isn't normal, and, I can't sing like I used to. So, prayers for us both for healing!

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My hubby had his partial lobectomy early in February of this year. When he got out, he only had a faint whisper of a voice because the vocal chords got damaged. He had a whispery voice, which completely vanished when he tried to speak louder, for about 2 - 3 months, after which he got a little bit of sound back, but his voice was still very "raspy" and it sounded as if he had a horrible case of laringites for a further 4 months. He saw a new Endo in September (7 months after the surgery) who told him that the chances of his voice getting back to normal was slim to none, because swelling/damage to vocal chords due to surgery takes about 6 - 12 weeks at the longest to correct itself. BUT he also mentioned that the wrong thyroid meds and an elevated level of TSH could also sometimes lead to a hoarse voice. DH was prescribed different meds and a mere 2 weeks after the new meds... his voice was already 50% better and a month after he saw the Endo (and was told his voice would probably never return) his voice was back as strong as it was in January of this year. He can't sing like before though, although I'm not sure if it might be because he hasn't done so during the past 8 months and just got used to humming softly or him being afraid that his "clutch would slip".
Good luck XXX

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My daughter has one paralyzed vocal cord from surgery because the nerve was cut to take off the cancer. She is taken care of by a wonderful vocal cord physician at Johns Hopkins (Dr. Lee Akst). There are 3 options for a paralyzed vocal cord - insertion of a solution that lasts a few months (used if the cord is healing and helps to get some voice back in the meantime), insertion of a more durable solution that can last at least 1-2 years (this is what my daughter had done, out patient surgery, voice improved tremendously), or surgery to insert an implant near the paralyzed cord. We have met one person with that, and she loves it...voice is normal. Good luck to you all.

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What are the name of the meds?

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severed nerve on the right for me. temporary injection of collagen with only local anesthetic helped the cord heal in a more midline position. reconnecting nerve during surgery helped the muscle retain tone. All that said - the nerve is still totally paralyzed but after 6 months has better tone and position so that my speech is essentially normal again. I can even yell and sing a little!!

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I don't have problems with my vocal cords; I have damage to my nerves. I used to sing- I can't any more. I used to sing to my husband, now it is embarrassing.

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Radiesse Injection was what was used.

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When I had my surgery it was so enlarged and wrapped around my vocal cord and breathing that he thought I would loose my voice. So I did as little talking as possible and drank a lot of ice water soft foods and ice cream. :)
My voice only bothers me from time to time and thats when I rest it and drink lots of water again. But I never got back the loudness of my voice, its hard to yell or speak loudly. And I get what I call a hair ball cough too from time to time. But considering how messed up the thyroid was on the left side my surgeon did a great job. A small price to pay. I can still speak.

Dont try and strain your voice, give it time, I think mine was about 1 year, but I was a mess at the time of surgery.

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