Speaking up to Save a Voice: New Surgery Creates a Vocal Platform
I had no idea that voice sparing was an option. I had no idea Dr. Damrose was one of the few in the U.S. with the ability and skill to do this surgery.
The Anatomy of the Voice
- Vocal cords are two bands of smooth muscle located in the larynx, sometimes call the voice box
Protecting your vocal health
- Drink plenty of water, for its moisturizing effect
- Symptoms can include persistent hoarseness, difficult or painful swallowing, ongoing sore throat, difficulty breathing, pain in the ear, lump in the neck.
Common vocal cord conditions
- Laryngitis: an inflammation that can be caused by infection, overuse of the voice, inhaled irritants or gastrointestinal reflux
When to see your doctor
- If you have hoarseness or a change in voice that lasts for more than two weeks
Once you look at what you've got, it becomes very intuitive as to why it works and works so well. I'd like to see it more routinely offered, to preserve more larynxes.
I realize how lucky I am, lucky that the cancer was found early and lucky to have found Dr. Damrose.
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