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Still hoarse and don't have voice back after almost 4 weeks post op

justajerseygirljjustajerseygirl Posts: 7
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Has anyone had problems with their voice after anterior surgical surgery that lasted for weeks after surgery? I am almost 4 weeks post op and still have a very hoars voice that is not much more than a whisper.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,526
    Four weeks post op does sound like a long time for you to still be hoarse.
    What has your doctor have to say about this ?
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • after my recent ALIF i too was almost unable to talk and my voice was a whisper due to intubation problems during the operation {my vocal chords were scratched and they tend to take about 2 months to recover .its worth talking to a doctor about it but i would not be surprised if you have suffer the same problem as i did .i drank plenty of fluid as my mouth was very dry for about 6 weeks post surgery.i hope all goes well
    tony {UK}
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
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  • My suggestion is to contact your surgeon and see what they say. If they suggest to give it more time, then see your primary care doctor. There are many things that can go wrong with the voice when doing ACDF, the faster they begin to diagnose and treat it the better the success rate. I went almost 2 years talking with nothing more than a whisper, and it is very hard to deal with. I still have issues if I talk to long, or if, I try to go over my normal voice tone. Good news is diagnosing the issue is rather easy, by placing a tube through one nostril and looking at the cords. Keep in mind when they do ACDF they need to move the cords out of the way along with other things, which is what gets to the voice. Sometimes the cords can become paralyzed, but treating them sooner is better than latter. Good luck and hopefully you will begin to get your voice back very soon. Keep us posted.
  • I had a surgery where I woke up with a very weak and breathy voice. I also have trouble with food and drinks going down the wrong way when I swallowed them. When I saw a Dr about it, the problem turned out to be a vocal cord paralysis on one side. Luckily the nerves healed after about 6 months. Sometimes that doesn't happen and then you need a surgery to push the non functional vocal cord toward the working one.
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