Microlaryngoscopy: Postoperative Instructions

What to Expect

You may have a sore throat and/or tongue after the surgery, owing to pressure from the surgical laryngoscope. However this discomfort is usually mild, and lasts no more than 24-48 hours.

Your voice will be hoarse after the surgery for 2-3 weeks, and will gradually improve.

Smoking

Please do not smoke after the operation.

Diet

There are no specific dietary restrictions following surgery. A light meal is recommended after the operation. It is important to drink plenty of water, as good hydration is beneficial for the vocal folds. Avoid caffeinated drinks (tea, coffee, coke) and alcohol.

Voice Rest

Voice rest is important after surgery on the vocal folds.

Total voice rest is recommended for the first 2 days following surgery, and is followed by 5 days of limited voice rest. Longer periods of voice rest may be required in some cases.

Total voice rest means that no sound should be produced at all – no speaking, singing, whispering, humming, whistling, coughing or throat clearing.

Limited voice rest means using a normal conversational voice, and minimizing the amount of time you use it. Limit your voice use to approximately 15 minutes per hour. You should also avoid using the telephone.

Coughing & Throat Clearing

It is important to avoid coughing and throat clearing as these can be harmful to the vocal folds, especially when they are healing after surgery. If you have the sensation of mucus in the throat take a sip of water to clear the mucus.

Medications

You may require anti-reflux medications  or steroid medication after the surgery.