After a year: ‘Finally, I am able to speak with my daughter, post-surgery’

Kamal Kambale was asked to undergo speech therapy. But nothing helped the nerve damage that she suffered after the operation and her voice could not improve with the speech therapy. The doctors then took the decision of operating upon her vocal cords

Doctors at Sassoon Hospital in Pune helped a 57 year-old female clerk to get back her true original voice. A clerk at B J Medical’s Sassoon hospital had almost lost her voice after she was operated for thyroid. Doctors performed a rare surgical intervention and the woman is happy now as her original voice is back after a year.

After a year: ‘Finally, I am able to speak with my daughter, post-surgery’
Kamal Kambale, Patient

Kamal Kambale, underwent a surgery for thyroid known as total thyroidectomy a year ago, following which her voice had become weak and husky. “I was not able to speak a full sentence in one go. I had also lost my original voice tone after the surgery,” said Kambale.

Doctor at Sassoon hospital carried out a surgery which is known as injection laryngoplasty, in which fat from the patient’s body was injected in patient’s vocal cord. “We had taken some fat from her abdomen and we injected it in her vocal cord. This surgery is very rarely performed and performing it with human fat is even rare,” said Dr Rahul Telang, associate professor at B J Medical’s ENT department who carried out the surgery.

Kambale was asked to undergo speech therapy. But nothing helped the nerve damage that she suffered after the operation and her voice could not improve with the speech therapy. The doctors then took the decision of operating upon her vocal cords.

It is been almost a year now that the surgery was carried out and the follow up shows that the patient’s original voice is back.

“We have been observing patient post-surgery. It takes a time to declare any surgery as a successful one. Throughout all the follow ups, she faced no problem with her voice,” added Telang.

After a year: ‘Finally, I am able to speak with my daughter, post-surgery’
Dr Rahul Telang, associate professor at B J Medical’s ENT department

Kambale, said, “I am happy now. My daughter is married and I could not speak with her over phone before the surgery. But, that is possible now. I do not want to sing songs but I now have regained my voice. I was feeling so embarrassed when I could not speak.”

Dr Sameer Joshi, professor and head of ENT department at Sassoon hospital, said, “The patient had neglected her thyroid. The neglect then led to the development of vocal cord palsy is her case. But, when she lost her original voice it affected her confidence. Also, as she was working in the hospital, her voice was important for her profession too. With the procedure, we have tried to give her the confidence which she had lost.”