Voice rest following surgery ensures that the site of surgery heals correctly, producing smooth vocal cords which are necessary for a clear voice.
You have been requested to have voice rest for a specified length of time.
This means that you should not:
Cough or clear your throat
To prepare for voice rest you will need to:
Think of a new way to communicate
Make sure that your family and friends know that you need to be silent
You need to think of ways of coping without your voice, for example, if the phone rings
While carrying out voice rest, the following techniques may be useful:
- Use steam inhalations to keep the throat moist
- Make sure you do not clench your teeth. Keep the jaw and neck muscles relaxed
- Try to avoid smoking, smoky atmospheres, alcohol and spicy foods
When your voice rest has finished:
- Don’t overuse your voice or shout
- Gradually increase the use of your voice over a period of time
- Don’t worry if your voice doesn’t sound at it’s best at first, it will improve
- You may need a speech therapy appointment after you are discharged from hospital
You may like to look at the following websites for more information, however as we are not responsible for them we cannot endorse them:
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This service is based at The James Cook University Hospital but also covers the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, our community hospitals and community health services.