Minimize or remove a prominent Adam’s apple.
Recovery After Trachea Reduction
During the first 24-48 hours after the tracheal shave surgery, it is common to experience some minimal bruising and swelling, as well as a mild sore throat. However, discomfort is typically minor, and patients should not experience significant pain. Mild voice hoarseness or weakness may occur in the first few days after surgery but should not be long-term. The Spiegel Center method for tracheal shave has been published and shown to be the safest method for maximum removal of cartilage while protecting the voice.
Patients are encouraged to rest their voices and apply ice to the treated area for the first couple of days following surgery. The incision area may be red and somewhat thickened for the first few weeks, but this should improve with time. Tightness and some irregularity when you feel around the neck are common and simply take time to settle. Once the swelling and bruising have dissipated, patients can enjoy their new, smooth neckline!