My daughter, who just turned 18, has bilateral vocal cord paralysis that required her to get a tracheostomy to beath. It is a complication from having her thyroid removed a year ago. She is having a nerve reinervation surgery on Nov 9. Hopefully this will allow her to have her trach removed. The surgeon said we would know if it worked within a year. I am an ondology and hospice nurse, and am terrified of making the wrong desicion of which surgery to have done. Thier is a new procedure where they implant a pacemaker into the vocal cords but it won't be approved by the FDA until the first of the year. Anyone out there have any experience with the nerve surgery? Or help on how to deal with an angry, scared girl who people stare at constantly?