Dr.K.O.Paulose FRCS DLO, Consultant ENT Surgeon, Jubilee Hospital, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
Absolute voice rest is recommended for one week following the surgery. If you must use your voice during the first week avoid whispering, shouting and singing. Speak with your normal voice for limited periods of time. No heavy lifting or straining for 1 week following the surgery.
MicrolaryngoscopyÂ surgery are performed to address disorders of the larynx. These procedures can biopsy, remove or augment abnormal areas in the throat. Under general anesthesia, a scope is gently inserted into the throat through the mouth. A microscope and long, fine instruments are used to perform the surgery.
Post Op Advice:
Voice restÂ is recommended for one week following the surgery. If you must use your voice during the first week avoid whispering, shouting and singing. Speak with your normal voice for limited periods of time. No heavy lifting or straining for 1 week following the surgery.
You are likely to experience a mild to moderate sore throat for several days following surgery. Pain may also be referred to the ears. Don\’t be alarmed if you experience earaches during the first 1-2 weeks after surgery. The throat and ear pain is usually well controlled with prescription strength oral pain medications .
- It is important not to traumatize the vocal folds in any way after surgery. Therfore, we ask you to not talk, cough, laugh, whisper, strain, bear down, or even mouth words until your first visit after surgery.
- Carry a writing pad with you to communicate, and perhaps, wear a badge explaining that you are on “voice rest”.
- You may have a sore throat, mouth or tongue after microlaryngoscopy.
- You may have temperomandibular joint or ear pain.
- You may experience a surgical laryngitis that may make the voice temporarily more hoarse after the operation for a few weeks.
- You may have several episodes of blood-tinged sputum or vomit.
- A report from the Pathologist to your surgeon usually arrives after 3-4 days.Follow up visit after the biopsy report is ready.