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

What Are Vocal Cord Lesions?

There are different types of vocal cord issues that you might deal with in your lifetime that need surgery to be corrected. These are known as vocal cord lesions and can affect the vocal cords in different ways. These growths are usually benign and can be corrected. Dr. Gordon Siegel at Midwest ENT in Chicago, IL, can explain the different vocal cord lesions and when voice surgery is needed to correct these lesions.

Different Types of Vocal Cord Lesions

There are different types of vocal cord lesions that may cause vocal issues and complications. Vocal cord lesions can occur as polyps, cysts, or nodules. These issues occur in different areas of the vocal cords and can cause different symptoms and problems.

Vocal polyps can occur on either side of the vocal cords and can come in various shapes and sizes. Vocal cysts are harder and are formed either on the surface of the vocal cords or deep within the tissue. Cysts can cause hoarseness and other issues with your voice. Vocal nodules are typically associated with singers and are formed as calluses on either side of the vocal cords. Nodules usually go away with vocal rest and once overuse is stopped.

Voice surgery from Dr. Siegel, is one of the most common ways to treat vocal cord lesions and can help correct any issues that you may deal with. Surgery is minimally invasive, and your polyp or nodule will be completely removed. Your doctor also uses laser technology for this surgery, which helps with the healing process.

Contact Your ENT Doctor Today!

Find out if you’re dealing with vocal cord lesions today! Contact Dr. Gordon Siegel at Midwest ENT in Chicago, IL, to find out if you need voice surgery and how you can deal with your vocal cord lesions. Call for more information today at (312) 988-7777.

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