Return to normal activities

Most people can return to normal activities the day following surgery. 

Voice Rest

Following surgery to the voice box, it is important to rest the voice. The means you can talk in a normal voice, but try to limit the amount of talking you do. 

Strictly avoid yelling and whispering until you have had a post-operative consultation with Dr Morrissey.

Pain relief

Pain is usually quite mild following surgery to the voice box. You should take simple analgesia such as Panadol or Nurofen as needed. 

Should pain relief requirements exceed this, please contact Dr Morrissey.


In certain circumstances you may be prescribed antibiotics following surgery. Please take as instructed if advised. 

Reflux Treatment

Even if you do not suffer reflux usually, Dr Morrissey will prescribe some anti-reflux medications following surgery to aid healing of the voice box. You should take these medications as instructed until the healing process is complete, which Dr Morrissey will advise you on at the post-operative consultation.


There are no restrictions on diet.


It is common to have a mild fever for the first 24hrs after the operation.  Please call Dr Morrissey’s rooms or see your GP if there is a persistent fever greater than 38.5°C.


If there is any sign of bleeding from the nose or mouth, then please present to the nearest Emergency Department for assessment.

Breathing Difficulty

It is unusual to have any trouble breathing after the operation. Should you experience difficult or noisy breathing, please contact Dr Morrissey or his ‘on-call’ service. If unable to reach either of the above, then attend the nearest Emergency Department.

Follow Up Appointment

At the time you book surgery a post-operative appointment will usually be organised. Please contact Dr Morrissey if you are unsure as to the appointment details.

How to contact Dr Morrissey

For non-emergency issues please call 07 4646 4275 for further instructions.

Dr Morrissey shares ‘on-call’ arrangements with other ENT surgeons and one is usually available to answer questions. After hours the "On Call" ENT Surgeon can be contacted via the Toowoomba Base Hospital on (07) 4616 6000.

Should your concerns not be addressed via a phone call please present to your nearest Emergency Department.

In the event of an Emergency call 000 or attend the nearest Emergency Department.