I live in Virginia. I had vocal cord surgery in which polyps (3) were removed along with stripping of left true vocal cord approx. 6 months ago. I have not talked above a whisper like voice since this time. Webbing also resulted as a complication from this surgery. I had to search out a second opinion--Dr. #2-- to find this out, at which time I also found out I did not have another polyp. Dr.#2 stated my vocal cords probably webbed together within a week after surgery. He also stated he was not sure how they webbed together if the polyps were on only the left side-that he must have roughed up the right side too.
(Dr. #1 was never aware that my vocal cords were webbed together--he never put the light down my throat, instead he used a mirror and held onto my tongue to evaluate the status of my surgery. He stated that I had another polyp and was talking about going back for surgery if the polyp did not reside in 3 weeks. I thought it odd that he was going to give this polyp a chance to resolve and he did not let the others have any chance to resolve. He diagnosed one week and scheduled surgery the next. Dr. #2 separated the vocal cords but after all the swelling and healing took place, a hole was present where the vocal cords come together (probably where tissue was removed during the 1st surgery) leaving an air leak. I was then referred t to a Speech Therapist. The Speech Therapist did not feel that they could help me. I was then referred to #3 Dr. I still cannot talk above a whisper like voice but I have one more possible surgery that may help if the #3 Dr. and speech pathologist decide I may benefit from this surgery. This will be the 2nd surgery trying to correct complications of the 1st surgery. Since this ordeal began, I have found out that the normal protocal is voice rest for at least 2 weeks after diagnosing polyps to see if they subside (Dr.#1 diagnosed one week and scheduled surgery the next) , and stripping of the vocal cords is no longer done. Do you think I have a malpractice suit?