Laryngeal Surgery Post Op Instructions

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  1. STRICT VOICE REST IS MANDATORY until the doctor sees you in the office (7-10 days). When you speak, the vocal cords vibrate against one another forcefully. Any raw surface will be further traumatized by speech so it is very important that you do not speak.
  2. If you must speak, use your normal voice. DO NOT WHISPER. This is much more traumatic on the voice box than normal speech is.
  3. Do NOT clear your throat or try to cough.
  4. Smoking is bad in general but it is considerably worse when there is a raw surface on the larynx.
  5. Try to avoid hot or spicy foods for a few days (3-5). Drink plenty of cool liquids but avoid anything with caffeine (coffee, tea, soda, iced tea, chocolate, peanuts…). Caffeine is a diuretic which makes you lose water. The first thing to dry up are the mucous membranes of the throat, voice box… A lot of caffeine will delay your recovery. You should also avoid citrus juices since they are acidic.
  6. Try to sleep with your head elevated as much as possible.
  7. Avoid eating or drinking within a few hours of going to sleep. This particularly important if you are prone to esophageal reflux. Any acid that refluxes up can cause considerable laryngeal irritation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office 610-384-8300.

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