Published: Jan. 20, 2010
Updated: Aug. 4, 2011
Using the pulsed KTP (green light) laser, we can now treat certain types of vocal cord and laryngeal pathology in the clinic while the patient is under topical anesthesia.
This is a major surgical advance and avoids the risks, costs, and morbidity associated with general anesthesia. Another advantage of this technique is that it targets the blood supply while preserving the vibratory structure of the vocal cords.
Lesions that may be treated with this new modality include laryngeal papilloma, keratosis and precancerous lesions, granulomas, and other vascular lesions. Because papilloma and precancerous lesions frequently recur, patients can now be treated less invasively and without repeated operative procedures requiring general anesthesia.
There are no special diet restrictions the day of the procedure. Eat and drink as you normally would prior to the procedure. You can drive yourself to and from the clinic.
Following the procedure, you should not eat or drink for two hours. You may use your voice normally following the procedure.
This article is intended as a resource for patients receiving their voice care at Duke Voice Care Center. It is not intended to substitute for medical advice from your health care team. If your doctor’s instructions differ from the information in this article, please talk with your doctor before making any changes.