Treating and Diagnosing Voice Disorders
Our voices are essential to helping us communicate with one another. And for some people, like teachers, members of the clergy or entertainers, a strong, healthy voice is essential to their livelihood.
The Laryngology section within the Division of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery is focused on the care of adults — both non-professional and professional voice users — with all types of common and rare voice disorders.
Using the latest technologies, our fellowship-trained laryngologist and his team provide advanced evaluation, diagnosis, and medical, surgical, and behavioral treatments to provide comprehensive, individualized care.
Additionally, we offer the services of certified speech-language pathologists, providing patients with access to rehabilitation services, including medical speech evaluation.
Voice disorders and conditions we treat include:
- vocal fold paralysis, vocal fold lesions (polyps, nodules, cysts)
- loss of voice or partial loss of voice
- early laryngeal (voice box) cancer
- neurological voice and swallowing disorders
- complex upper airway stenosis (in conjunction with the Complex Airway Program team in our Chest Disease Center)
- laryngeal-mediated cough, paradoxical vocal fold motion, or reflux
- swallowing disorders (Zenker's diverticulum, upper esophageal dilation)
For our patients' convenience, whenever possible we provide care in an outpatient setting. For example, we offer the following in-office procedures.
- 532nm KTP laser
- vocal fold injection
- trans-nasal screening esophagoscopy
- awake bronchoscopy and trans-nasal esophagoscopy
- laryngeal electromyography (EMG)
- EMG-guided Botox injections for voice and swallowing disorders