Voice Cord Lesion Laser Therapy

The Emory Voice Center is the only voice center in Atlanta or the southeast that offers patients with vocal cords lesions an innovative option for treatment – Awake Laser Therapy, also known as Pulsed KTP Laser Therapy. This delicate laser technology allows doctors to treat vocal cord lesions, such as polyps or tumors, as an outpatient treatment without anesthesia. In addition, the vocal cord laser procedure allows patients to be treated without the risk of radiation or damage to the underlying tissue, which better preserves the natural voice. For patients with reoccurring conditions that require regular treatment, such as laryngeal papilloma or laryngeal dysplasia, this treatment is a welcome innovation.

Prior to the use of the pulsed KTP laser, patients with vocal cord lesions regularly underwent a direct laryngoscopy, which is a surgical procedure performed in the operating room that requires general anesthesia. In contrast, the pulsed KTP laser treatment requires only topical anesthesia, poses minimal risk of damage to vocal fold tissue, and takes significantly less time than a traditional procedure.

Patient Advantages

  • The pulsed KTP laser is very delicate allowing vocal cord lesions to be removed with minimal damage to vocal fold tissue, thus preserving the natural voice.
  • It is ideal for patients with reoccurring conditions because it does less damage to the vocal folds and can be performed as an outpatient procedure.
  • The procedure can be performed while a patient is awake and alert - the patient needs only a numbing agent, no general anesthesia, and can drive themselves home immediately after the procedure.
  • It replaces the need for traditional inpatient vocal cord surgery requiring only a couple of hours of patient down time as opposed to the two days needed for a typical operation under general anesthesia.

Why Emory?

Emory is one of only 12 centers across the country, and the only center in the southeast that uses Pulsed KTP laser technology to treat vocal disorders. Performing 100 procedures per year, the Emory Voice Center is a comprehensive center offering all of the necessary specialists under one roof, which allows patients to receive comprehensive voice care in one place.

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