Vocal cord damage after thyroid surgery
I had half my thyroid removed on June 16. I had a large benign tumor on the right half of my thyroid and the vocal cord was entangled in it. Removing it caused some "stretching and trauma" to the nerve, but did not sever it in any place and it is in tact, according to the doctor. As a result my voisy is raspy, whispy, and breathy. I can hardly be heard at times. Can't finish some sentences without having to take an additional breath.
The doctor said this was typical of the temporary damage and it would heal. He insinuated that I should be back to normal in 2-3 months. Okay, I am at 2 months now and my friends say I don't sound any different than I did a week after surgery.
I am a bit confused as to whether I should be worried, or should go back to the doctor and ask if this might be permanent or if I could have some speech therapy.
Has anyone else suffered this kind of damage and what was the end result? Did your voice ever come back? How long does it really take?
I once sang in musicals and was once told I could be a professional singer. I'm too old to pursue a singing career but I sure miss being able to sing. Any comments?
Last edited by gimpydimp; 08-17-2005 at 06:40 PM.