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I am very sorry to hear about your mother
If she can not take anything orally then she should have a PEG(percutaneous endoscopic gastrectomy) tube.
With the help of this tube she can be fed and that will keep her nutritional status in a good state.
The other management will depend upon the extent of tumor to see if the tumor can be surgically removed or not but her feedin problems can be addressed through a PEG tube
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It seems as if her nerve has been damaged during the surgery and I am afraid if the damage is a complete one it might not come back to normal. I am sorry as this might not be the answer you want to hear but this is the most realistic answer at this point
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This is Dr. David
I am sorry about your mother .
surgery in the thyroid area can damage nerves which innervate the vocal cords and cause vocal cord paralysis.
she should be getting speech and swallow therapy to help improve her swallowing.
she may have to thic***** *****quids and avoid think liquids to avoid aspiration of liquids into her airway.
she may need an infection into her vocal cord to make it stiff and rigid to help her voice and help prevent liquids from going into her airway.
she may benefit from electrical stimulation of her neck muscles to help her swallowing
this Vitalstim can help electrically stimulate muscles which are needed in swallowing
you should talk to her doctors about this therapy option.
let me know if you have questions.
you should speak to her GP doctor
and get her referred as soon as possible to ENT specialist doctors (eat nose throat) doctors
her ENT doctors should refer her for speech and swallow therapy.
the VitalStim therapy could help her as well.
you may have to see other doctors at larger university medical centers in London possibly.
or private doctors in London.