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 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.
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.