Vocal Cord Surgery
How to solve problems of voice loss (dysphonia/aphonia) with ENT phonosurgery
The human vocal apparatus functions as a wind instrument with unique plasticity: the sound produced by the vocal cords of the larynx is enriched with harmonics by the pulmonary airflow in the resonators of the throat and face, allowing singing and speaking alike.
Voice alteration (dysphonia / aphonia) is a very common symptom in ENT consultation and generally is of benign nature, which can be solved by means of speech therapy. When the disorder is persistent and due to a nodule or a polyp, vocal cord surgery or phonosurgery can be useful to improve the voice and its physiological vibration.
Vocal cord surgery (phonosurgery) is performed under general anaesthesia and includes a natural, direct exploration of the vocal cords (larynx).
A rigid tube (laryngoscope) is inserted into the mouth and then into the throat to provide direct access to vocal cords. The instruments are used under the control of a surgical microscope and a CO2 laser.
Postoperative vocal rest for a week,
Possible neck pain,
Possible difficulty in swallowing for a few days,
Rarely, laryngeal oedema.
Coverage of phonosurgery by social security.
This surgery is covered by social security, but your head and neck ENT surgeon may request an additional fee according to his degree of experience.
Dr. Stéphane Hervé is an ENT specialist and a head and neck surgeon who graduated from some of the best universities in France. He combines solid experience and training of more than 20 years, acquired in French hospitals and clinics famous for their installations and expertise in vocal cord surgery.