This website is designed first and foremost as an educational resource for patients with voice disorders and those interested in voice disorders who want to learn about laryngeal surgery. It has the goal of educating visitors about medical conditions affecting the vocal folds and voice box (larynx) and focuses on state-of-the-art surgical management of the larynx for purposes of voice preservation and voice restoration.
Surgery When Indicated
For certain types of conditions, laryngeal surgery may be a last resort, when all other more conservative treatment options have failed.
For other laryngeal diseases, surgery may be the only treatment option, or there may be a pressing need to optimize an individual’s voice as quickly as possible with surgical treatment. Regardless, a patient’s candidacy for laryngeal surgery must be assessed in the context of the disease process itself, other co-existing medical conditions, and a patient’s vocal needs.
Laryngeal surgery, and particularly surgery on the delicate vocal folds, demands precision and meticulous surgical technique. It is optimally performed by an experienced laryngeal surgeon with access to specialized surgical equipment. When operating on the vocal folds, much as with other “high value” tissues in the human body, there is limited room for error in either technique or surgical judgment.
Nevertheless, the resulting vocal improvement from well-performed laryngeal surgery can be quite dramatic and even life-changing for some patients.
See and Hear for Yourself
The subspecialty of laryngology is a somewhat unique field of medicine, as the results of treatment can be both seen on examination of the voice box and often heard by patients and others around them.
The before and after results of surgical treatments shown and heard on this website are exclusively those of its author, Dr. Aaron D. Friedman, a laryngologist and laryngeal surgeon who practices in Chicago, IL. They are intended to represent the realm of possibility of laryngeal surgery for voice disorders, but are not a guarantee of vocal outcome for any particular patient or pathology.