Saving the Voice after Thyroid Surgery
(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Research shows that up to 80 percent of patients who undergo thyroid surgery experience problems with their voice. The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation published a new Clinical Practice Guideline on "Improving Voice Outcomes after Thyroid Surgery" to recognize the importance of the patient's voice and the potential impact thyroid surgery can have on it.
The guideline's recommendations were developed to empower physicians and surgeons to optimize voice outcomes for adult patients undergoing thyroid surgery. Also, researchers wanted to educate patients of the potential impact on their voices and to counsel those patients whose voice does change after surgery about rehabilitation options.
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SOURCE: American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, June 2013