Micro Laryngeal Surgery
Micro laryngeal surgery, also known as microscopic voice surgery, is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed to fix any kind of voice disorders and breathing issues related to the larynx. The larynx is our voice box located in front of the neck, which allows us to speak, breathe and swallow. The surgery is required to fix any issues that affect these functionalities of the larynx.
People who are suffering from conditions such as benign tumors, lesions and granulomas in the larynx can benefit from this surgical procedure as it can remove the abnormal growth of cells. There are many noncancerous conditions as well that can be cured with this operation, which are severe injury to the neck, a noncancerous growth on the vocal folds causing irritation and trauma, vocal overuse, coughing, etc.
During the procedure
Micro laryngeal surgery is a minimally invasive procedure and it can be performed on an outpatient basis. You will be placed under general anesthesia and once its effect begins, a cylindrical tubing device called laryngoscope is placed in the mouth that will reach the vocal cords. With the help of an operating microscope, the doctor can easily access and examine the area where he/she will insert tiny surgical tools through the laryngoscope into the larynx and reach the area where abnormal growth is present. With the help of those tiny tools, the surgeon cuts away the growth and remove it completely. This is an effective technique that allows greater accuracy and only removes the damaged tissues, leaving the healthy surrounding tissues unaffected and the laryngeal structure intact.
Micro laryngeal surgery is considered quite a safe procedure as it does not involve any incisions. However, as with any surgical procedure, it also involves some risks. These could be:
- Reaction to anesthesia
- Dental damage
- Temporary numbness to the tongue
Choosing a doctor who is highly experienced in this kind of surgery can lower these risks.
Post operative care
Once the treatment is finished, you will be monitored closely for few fours and then you can leave for home. It is ordinary to feel discomfort after the surgery, but with the help of pain relievers such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen, you can manage well.
There may be other medications doctor could prescribe for coughs and irritation in the larynx.
You won’t be able to speak well post a few days after the surgery. It would be better to give your vocal cords some rest. You will be given instructions on how to convey your message through other mediums for the time being by a speech therapist.
You will need to visit every follow up appointments with your surgeon for a few weeks and then you can resume your usual vocal activities.