MIDWEST ENT UPDATE 9/29/2020

As we approach fall and winter, we wish to update you on your ear nose and throat health. We recommend that you have your humidifiers inspected and cleaned. If you don't have one, this may be a good time to purchase. When heaters go on, so should humidifiers. In addition, nasal saline sprays and netty pots often times aid in healthy noses and throats. It is becoming increasingly well known how important good nasal breathing is for our overall health. I am sending a link to a recent story aired on CBS News, featuring James Nestor, author of the recent book, "Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art". It is very insightful and I hope you enjoy it.

We continue to take very strict COVID precautions. We have had no cases as a result anyone coming to our office or having surgery with us at Northwestern Hospital.
Flu season is rapidly approaching and strongly encourage the flu vaccine.
We are very pleased with our results of the Inspire(inspiresleep.com)procedure for sleep apnea. This has proven to be an excellent outpatient procedure for those who are not getting good results with CPAP.
As always, we offer a full range of services for your hearing health. We provide the most current technology for testing your hearing and providing the most appropriate hearing aids for each individual.
Please feel free to call the office(312-988-7777) for further information on all of the above or to set up an appointment. You may also send individual emails through our patient portal.

Wishing you all good health and safety,

Gordon J. Siegel, M.D.,FACS
Assistant Clinical Professor
Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery             
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

  • Blog >
  • 3 Symptoms Voice Surgery can Improve
RSS Feed

3 Symptoms Voice Surgery can Improve

If you are considering voice surgery in the Chicago, IL area because you seem to be suffering from vocal cord damage, look no further than Midwest ENT, where Dr. Gordon Siegel and his team can assist you.

Polyps, Nodules, and Cysts

Not everyone will need voice surgery during their lifetime. However, individuals who are public speakers, teachers, or singers, to name a few, may find that they develop benign (non-cancerous) lesions in the form of voice polyps, nodules, or cysts that may require treatment. This treatment may be surgery or through speech therapy, or more likely a combination of the two.

The symptoms you may experience include hoarseness, feeling like you have a lump in your throat, throat scratchiness, and sometimes pain between the ears. If these symptoms persist for 2-3 weeks, you should come in to be assessed. Voice surgery can alleviate these symptoms, and with the option of laser surgery under the right circumstances, you will find it is not as scary as it sounds.

Vocal cord paresis

Voice surgery for Chicago, IL residents, is also an option if you are experiencing symptoms of vocal cord paresis. Paresis is a technical term for paralysis, and this paralysis of the vocal cords may be because of a viral infection, cancer, or even surgery. Paresis can resolve itself, but it often helps to seek non-invasive techniques as your first option and consider your surgical options if your vocal cord paresis is not improving.

Symptoms may include difficulty breathing or a breathy voice depending on how the paralyzed vocal cords are positioned, and it has a rapid onset. Either of these may make you anxious, so if you are experiencing these symptoms, consult your local ENT to find out your options.

Cancer

Cancer of the larynx can be potentially life-threatening, and surgery may be required in a very delicate area of the body. As a result, your voice may be affected by your cancer treatment. In that case, voice surgery and complementary therapies can aid with voice restoration.

Important: General hoarseness that doesn’t resolve itself in a short span of time is always a symptom that should be considered carefully, as so many voice disorders have hoarseness as a symptom.

Contact us

Voice surgery is suitable for several of the symptoms that voice injuries, illnesses, and disorders present with. If you think that you may need voice surgery in the Chicago, IL area, then reach out to Dr. Siegel and his team at Midwest ENT on (312) 988-7777 to make an appointment for an informed and professional assessment and to discuss your options.

Our Location

3 East Huron Chicago, IL, 60660, US

Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Monday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

Closed

Thursday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-11:30 am

Sunday:

Closed