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Old 05-14-2009, 03:26 PM   #1
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Thyroid surgery and singing voice

I am 5 weeks post op from having the left 1/2 of my thyroid removed with a nodule (that ended up being benign).

I have been singing since I was a child. Not professional but in my church choir and little talent shows here or there.

Since my surgery, it took a few weeks for my speaking voice to get back to normal but is fine now. However, the upper range of my singing voice is not there.. literally, I open my mouth for higher notes and other comes out...

The incision area is still slightly swollen... Does this sound normal? The surgeon had said 4 weeks for the swelling to go down. I don't know if I just need to be more patient or if I should be concerned.

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Old 05-14-2009, 03:30 PM   #2
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Re: Thyroid surgery and singing voice

My surgeon told me it can take months for the internal swelling to go down, and everyone is different. Don't push your voice if it's not ready yet. It took about 3 months for me to extend my voice for different ranges such as singing---one day it just happened. My friend who actually lost her voice, got it back over the period of a year.

Patience, and it will come---in the meantime, take good care of your voice, don't abuse it, drink a lot, no shouting, and it will come back so gradually you won't even realize it.

 
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Re: Thyroid surgery and singing voice

Hey Chris Not to worry. I actually had my right laryngeal nerve removed along with TT in April 08 as the cancer had wrapped around the laryngeal nerve (which controls the vocal cords - one nerve on each side). So - I will always have vocal cord paralaysis on the right side, but actually had bi lateral vocal cord paralysis post surgery (lots of swelling & trauma to the area).

Although my voice isn't 100% a year later, it is still improving. I also love to sing (at church, etc) and it has been so difficult to not be able to for so long. But even with my paralysis, I am happy to say my singing voice is coming back!!!

So never fear! I have been seen by otolaryngologists for my vocal cord situation and they have assured me nerves take a long time to heal, but the body is amazing. Hang in there!! Also Reece is correct. As the specialists have told me, I can ***use*** my voice, but it's not good to ***strain*** the voice.

 
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Re: Thyroid surgery and singing voice

Most high soprano's will lose the upper end of the voice, according to statistics; these who are singing at lower rangers are fully recovering.

 
Old 05-15-2009, 06:05 AM   #5
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Re: Thyroid surgery and singing voice

Thanks for all of the replys. I am an alto and didn't really have much in a high range to begin with and I have nothing there right now.

I knew that it would take some time but never expected 3 months or longer as mentioned it your replys. Just praying it comes back. I certainly don't make my living by singing but it is a great joy of mine.

I do make my living with my voice..as a teacher so I guess I might use my voice more than others on a daily basis.. Think that might strain too much and make the singing voice take longer??

Thanks again everyone
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Re: Thyroid surgery and singing voice

I am a newly retired teacher, so I know how you feel. Minutes before I was wheeled into the operating room, the idiot anesthesiologist said I could lose my voice!! My surgeon had previously told me this was a remote possibility---that anesth. had no business making me cry right before my surgery!!

I am an alto and sing better than before. Actually, for many years (before I was diagnosed) I noticed I couldn't hold notes. In retrospect, my enlarged thyroid was probably pressing on my vocal chords.

BTW, there are things they can do for voice issues---therapy and injection with botox.

 
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It is offtopic but some medical professionals are needed to be taught a couse of medical ethics!!

 
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