Microscopic Voice Surgery
What is Microscopic Voice Surgery?
Microscopic voice surgery removes these abnormal growths on the larynx. These are typically noncancerous growths that may develop in the area of the vocal folds as a result of persistent irritation or trauma. They can have a wide variety of causes, including vocal overuse, coughing, acid reflux and more. At ENT & Allergy Center of Texas we perform this procedure at all our locations including McKinney, TX. Microscopic voice surgery, also known as microlaryngeal surgery, is a minimally invasive procedure that corrects:
- Voice disorders
- Speaking or breathing difficulties
- Other problems affecting the larynx
Who is a good Candidate for Microscopic Voice Surgery?
If you suffer from a persistent cough, hoarseness or various voice problems, diagnostic testing can conclude if microscopic voice surgery is right for you. Don’t live a life filled with pain and discomfort, speak with one of our healthcare providers to find out if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Microscopic voice surgery is commonly used to treat the following conditions:
- Benign tumors
Microscopic Voice Surgery With a laryngoscope
Microscopic voice surgery is performed with a laryngoscope. This is a cylindrical tubing device that is placed in the patient’s mouth and directed to the vocal cords. An operating microscope is used to greatly magnify the vocal folds, allowing the doctor to visually examine the area while operating on it. Tiny instruments are inserted through the laryngoscope and used to perform the procedure, and no incisions are needed. With this, the majority of microscopic voice surgery procedures are performed on an outpatient basis at Plano, TX and our other locations. Patients also benefit from a faster recovery and superior voice quality as compared to traditional laryngeal surgery.
Microscopic Voice Surgery Procedure
General anesthesia is required when a patient is undergoing microscopic voice surgery. Once it has taken effect, the laryngoscope is properly placed in the patient’s mouth and navigated into the throat. Next, the surgical tools are inserted through the laryngoscope and directed into the larynx to reach the vocal folds. Making use of the instrument’s high magnification capabilities, the surgeon approaches the treatment area with precision and care.
Once the lesion on the surface of the vocal fold is reached, it will be cut away and completely removed. This technique allows for incredible accuracy in order to ensure that only the damaged tissue is removed and the surrounding area remains unaffected. By leaving the majority of the laryngeal structure intact and completely unharmed, microscopic voice surgery is a minimally invasive technique that offers a rapid healing process.
Recovery from Microscopic Voice Surgery
Following the procedure, you will be monitored for several hours then released to return home the same day. Most patients experience some level of discomfort after the surgery, but it will often respond well to over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. If your pain is more significant, a stronger form of medication can be prescribed for short-term use. Cough medicine may be recommended as well to ensure that you do not irritate the sensitive tissue of the larynx as it recovers.
Speaking may be difficult for the first few days after microscopic voice surgery as the vocal folds are swollen and undergoing the healing process. It is best to rest your voice as much as possible in the initial weeks after surgery. Your doctor at Allen, TX will provide detailed instructions on voice use limitations following microscopic voice surgery. After a follow-up appointment with your surgeon several weeks post-surgery, you will likely be cleared to resume your normal vocal activities.
Risks of Microscopic Voice Surgery
While microscopic voice surgery is considered a safe procedure, all forms of surgery do carry some risk. Although rare, the complications that are associated with microscopic voice surgery include a reaction to anesthesia, dental damage, temporary numbness of the tongue, bleeding, infection and less than optimal results. Choosing a physician with extensive experience in microscopic voice surgery can help lower the risk of encountering any difficulties.
Schedule a Consultation
If you want to find out if microscopic voice surgery is the best option for you, call our practice today at 972.984.1050 to schedule an evaluation. ENT & Allergy Centers of Texas serves McKinney, Plano, Allen and surrounding areas in Texas.