Phonomicrosurgery may be an option for voice patients at the UW Health Voice and Swallowing Clinic who experience problems with their voice quality and/or voice efficiency, including projection, effort and fatigue.
For vocal performers specifically, a loss of high notes, pitch transition problems and pain or discomfort during singing all signal vocal cord problems.
The physicians at the Voice Clinic use cutting edge diagnostic procedures, including high speed digital imaging, that are not available elsewhere in Wisconsin. A complete vocal cord evaluation will take approximately two hours.
If surgery (phonomicrosurgery) is required, procedures can be performed under general anesthesia in the operating room. Surgery typically lasts one hour and patients are discharged the same day. Patients usually experience minimal pain and can resume talking fully after about one week.
Following surgery, patients will also work with speech pathologists who will counsel and guide them with their speech habits and professional speaking requirements.