Rehabilitation

Listen to your body

Once the operation has been completed, the patient will be taken to the recovery room. Generally, s/he will have some difficulty swallowing, and his or her voice may be slightly hoarse, which will generally pass within a few days. The patient will be allowed to get up the next day, and in many cases, s/he will be allowed to go home. There is no real follow-up treatment to speak of; for instance, patients will not be required to wear a neck collar. Taking it easy for two to three weeks will suffice. After two or three weeks, the patient will be allowed to gradually resume his or her normal activities. At the follow-up appointment two weeks after the operation, we will determine whether the patient requires physiotherapy.

Our recommendation is always to listen to your body and stop doing what you’re doing when your body tells you it doesn’t like what you’re doing.

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