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Anyone out there with voice issues after ACDF?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had C6-7 ACDF in July and woke up with a paralyzed vocal cord. It has still not recovered and I am having an injection in the paralyzed cord next week to "bulk up" the cord so it will work better with the other cord. Hopefully this will improve my voice and help some of the other issues that come with the paralysis. I am interested in other people's experiences with voice problems after surgery and how long they lasted. Also has anyone else had injection? Thanks


  • I just wanted to bump your post up a bit. Didn't have your type of surgery, but I'm sure someone will come shortly to answer your questions. Must be frustrating, to say the least, not being able to talk well.
  • My husband also had an ACDF in July. I don't think his vocal chord is paralyzed, but it has been traumatized. He has a lot of mucus and his voice can sound hoarse at times.

    Most of what I know about this is related to thyroid cancer surgery. Both surgeries could damage the vocal chords. I do know that if the injections don't work, people have had teflon implants. You can also have speech therapy, which can help. At any rate, all of this takes time---even up to a year.

    If you have anymore questions, you can PM me....my sister in law is a speech pathologist who is experiences in this.

    Linda MI
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