How does surgery affect people with voice disorders?

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In certain cases, the causes of voice disorders require surgery to be remedied. For instance, vocal polyps and nodules, which are abnormal growths on the vocal folds, sometimes need to be surgically removed. Follow-up vocal therapy can help to reduce the chances that growths will recur. In certain other cases, such as sometimes occurs with throat cancer, surgery will be needed to remove diseased tissue. This can mean removal of part or all of one or both vocal folds. This type of surgery can profoundly affect the voice and a person's ability to speak normally.

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Voice Disorders

Some of the most common symptoms of voice disorders are a change in your voice (it becomes either deeper or raspy), you have trouble singing, your throat feels raw or itchy and you find yourself repeatedly clearing your throat. Th...

ese symptoms can be caused by inflammation, respiratory infection, growths on your vocal cords or just by overusing your voice if you are for example a professional singer or a member of a cheerleading squad. If you develop a voice disorder, you may want to see an otolaryngologist to determine the cause of your voice problem.
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