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Hoarseness

Hoarseness, a rough, grating, whispery or other abnormal sound to the voice, can be a sign of a benign or serious problem with the vocal cords and larynx. The first step is to diagnose the cause of hoarseness. Any episode of hoarseness lasting more than two weeks should be investigated. The Center for Voice and Swallowing provides state-of-the art facilities for evaluating disorders of the larynx and vocal cords. With the help of flexible digital laryngoscopes, Dr. Grillone can videotape the larynx (voice box), and throat in motion. A special strobe light is used to record the vibratory characteristics of the vocal cords. A monitor is also set up so that the patient can observe their vocal cords in motion. 

Sound (acoustic) recordings of the voice are also taken. The audio and videotape recordings are important tools for proper diagnosis of any voice disorder.   

Once a diagnosis is made, the next step is treatment. Many procedures that were once done in the operating room can now be performed in the office. Typically, these procedures require only topical spray anesthetic without the need for sedation or intravenous medications. The patient can come in to the office, be treated, and go home or back to work.