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Singing after anterior cervical discectomy



  • I had an ACDF of C3/4 and C4/5 done a year ago.
    I did have a very sore throat and some swallowing problems after surgery, but they passed, although I did create some interest from the doctors and nurses at the hospital because of the strange noises I would make when swallowing.

    At my 6 months check with the surgeon I asked about my singing voice as I could not sing. I sounded pretty awful, particularly the higher notes. My speaking voice was ok.

    He referred me to an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon who videoed my vocal cords and showed me that the cord on the right (the side on my incision) was atrophied and not working. He said I had a superior laryngeal nerve paralysis.

    I went to vocal therapy and worked hard doing the exercises I was given. The exercises have really helped. My voice is not quite back to how it was but not far off. Mostly it sounds ok now and it is only the higher notes that I still can't sing.

    It was explained to me that the exercises I was given were to get the surrounding muscles to compensate for the paralysed vocal cord.

    You are a long time after your surgery now, but have you had your vocal cords examined?
  • I had surgery for the third time. My first was almost 8 years ago and all went well and my voice was just sore and recovered fine. I suffered a bad fall on my back this passed April and it caused severe damage to my nerves and discs causing problems walking and other things day after. I had 2 mayor surgeries back to back front and back of the neck. It has been a little over 6 months and i am having difficulties singing and even when i laugh or have long conversations, i feel restriction and at times problems catching my breath I saw the ENT Doctor and he told me that my vocal cords where not paralyzed good news, what he saw was accumulated acid reflux and well, swollen. I saw the specialist whom started me on nexium and it has relieved me some but not enough. I am so concerned i cannot imagine not ever singing again as i did before and being able to LOL without feeling such restriction and catching my breath every time. The specialist told me the acid reflux can cause all the issues i am experiencing and that it will get better with time. I am not convinced this is not normal what i am feeling! :(
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  • dsartinddsartin TennesseePosts: 1
    I had cervical fusion exacty 2 weeks ago today.(2) discs. Only a whisper the day of surgery and a few days after. 
    I tried to sing today. Below the staff was pretty good but I could not hit middle c. It's getting better each day. I try to eat cold stuff every day. Ice packs are my friends. My thoughts are the more cold I can do the better I will be.
    Good excuse to eat popsicles. Lol
    I carry ice packs with me in a cooler when I leave home. I really think this has made a difference for me. 
    I had lumbar surgery 4 weeks before this

    Ice has been my friend. In my opinion it's the best non pharmaceutical thing you can do for yourself after surgery., And so simple
  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745
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