Nasal Voice 3 Weeks After Sinus Surgery. Will It Go Away?

My surgery included turbinate reduction and a combination of balloon sinuplasty/FESS. Recovery has gone well, and my three weekly post-op debridements are complete. Between weeks two and three I began to notice a much more nasal quality to my voice. It sounds like I'm congested, when in actuality i'm less congested now than I've ever been. I do not like this new quality to my voice and I don't want to sound like this forever. Will it go away? And if so, when is that likely to happen?

Answers (2)

Nasal Voice During Recovery

The symptoms you are describing, particularly the changes in the sound of your voice, are not uncommon and should not be the cause of major worry. Your body is still responding to the stress of surgery. In fact, three weeks is still relatively early in the recovery period, so I would suggest trying to be as patient as possible as you continue to heal. If the problem persists, schedule a follow-up appointment with your surgeon to evaluate your recovery and your condition.

New York Otolaryngologist

A few more weeks should make quite a difference

In the first few weeks after nose and sinus surgery, a lot is going on. This includes excess mucus production, and significant swelling.

All of this in turn will have an effect on the resonance of the nose, pharynx, and throat (how it all vibrates). Until all the tissue has no more swelling, you will continue to have subtle changes in the voice quality.

The fact that you did have the surgery will result in some slight change in the overall resonance, but not likely anywhere near as much as you are noticing currently.    

Christopher J. Peers, MD
South Bend Facial Plastic Surgeon

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