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Damaged Vocal Chords?

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My husband recently had surgery on his carotid artery. After surgery his voice was very raspy and just above a whisper. The dr said this would pass in a few days. It's been two weeks now. A specialist he saw today said his voice could come back in 2 months, or it might be 10 months, but they do not consider surgery to repair the vocal chords until 1 year after surgery. Has anyone else ever heard of this?
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replied November 8th, 2004
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I had surgery a year and a half ago to have my tonsils removed and one of the things they tell you is that because of the breathing tube your vocal cords can be temporarily or even permanently damaged.
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replied December 18th, 2004
Vocal Chords
I had a nasty bacterial infection in my lingual tonsils that took a couple of months to diagnose and cure. I'm left with a raspy , sore throat. After all of the tests, the ent says it's because the vocal cords were damaged and inflamed and it can take up to a year for them to be back to normal.
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replied March 17th, 2009
vocal chord damage?
I am a family therapist and talk all the time as I have two jobs and work a minimum of 50 hours/wk. 1 yr ago I had to have a series of nerve blocks done in my neck due to a pinched nerve in my neck. After the 3rd injection I lost my voice for about 24hours. It than returned but has been very hoarse. It has never returned the same. I took two months off work and have been seeing a voice therapist. I have also been taking medication to treat acid reflux even though I don't have heart burn. I returned to work the beginning of Feb because I needed the money and my voice was not getting any better. The therapist said that I may need collagen injection or start looking at disabilty. What do you think?
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replied June 16th, 2009
I had carotid artery surgery on May 20, 2009 and as of this writing, June 16th, my voice continues to be hoarse. My vascular surgeon said that hoarseness was an unusual result of the surgery. I will see an ENT specialist in 2 days. I am hoping that my voice will return within the immediate future. Is hoarseness after carotid artery surgery unusual? Prognosis?
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replied December 28th, 2009
Vocal Chords damaged????
I had a cold and what I thought was laryngitis back in Sept.09 the cold cleared the voice did not. It is now almost Jan.10 and I still have a raspy almost non voice. I have been treated for silent acid reflux,thyroid and now the Dr. thinks it could be a result of radiation therapy I had six years ago I have had to take leave of work and I am really frustrated...anybody have any thoughts I have forgotten what my normal voice actually sounds like I am just sick of it....
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replied February 14th, 2011
Hoarse voice for 4 months following a cold and cough.
I also had a cold and itchy throat that lasted 3 days. That was back in mid-Oct of 2010. I coughed a great deal because of the itch in my throat and took over the counter suppressant, that did little to stop the coughing. Two days after I got over the cold, I developed a raspy, high pitched voice that would not go away. I was able to speak, but my voice was hoarse. It is now February 14,2011 and my voice seems to be improving, but very slowly.

I saw an ENT specialist in December of 2010. He examined my larynx said I had "calloused" them due to the coughing and that I should give it 6 more weeks to clear. He seemed confident that there were no other causes and that my voice should return on its own. He recommended an acid reducer (Zantec or equlivalent) for two weeks that I took. It seemed to make little difference.

I am trying to be patient, but it is frustrating. My GP, who I just visited for some blood tests said I should give it another month. He also did not seem concerned. My plan is to wait till March 10th and if my voice is not significantly improved, I intend to see another specialist for a 2nd opinion.

Hope this is of value to you.

Note: I have never had anything like this before, even for a day! I am now 70, so perhaps my body can't clear this condition as it perhaps would have when I was younger.
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