Throat and Voice
Disorders of the throat and voice can range from annoying to serious. Anything that interferes with our ability to communicate, breathe, or eat is worth having a doctor take a look at. Hoarseness, sore throat, laryngitis, tonsillitis, and vocal cord lesions can all cause misery; keep in mind that these are symptoms of underlying conditions, and the key to treatment is to figure out what is causing them. A few of the more common treatment options we offer in our clinic include:
- UPPP. Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is a surgical procedure in which excess tissue in the throat is removed in order to widen the airway, allowing air to flow through unimpeded. Tissues removed may include the uvula, soft palate, tonsils, and adenoids. It may be recommended for patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea who don’t benefit from continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy.
- Tonsillectomy & Adenoidectomy. Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy are surgeries to remove the tonsils and adenoids, respectively. These procedures were once common in children, but nowadays are used primarily to treat obstructive sleep apnea in young patients. It is estimated that this procedure has a success rate of 75% – 100% in children, and can result in better sleep, fewer colds, and a decrease in behavioral problems.
- Vocal Cord Injection. Patients who experience vocal cord paralysis as the result of neurological trauma, surgical injury, or muscle weakness may be candidates for injection laryngoplasty, a procedure in which the vocal cords are injected with gel-foam or another permanent substance to restore your voice and eliminate choking and shortness of breath. Most vocal cord injuries are temporary and heal on their own within a year, but if necessary, additional injections can be given.