What are vocal cord nodules and polyps?

Vocal cord nodules are small, callous-like bumps that form symmetrically on both vocal cords. Typically, they result from repeated stress and misuse of the voice, like persistent yelling or long-term vocal exertion. Vocal cord polyps, however, tend to be larger, more swollen, and may occur on just one side. They can develop after a single episode of vocal abuse, such as yelling at a concert, or from long-standing irritation like smoking or allergies.

What are the symptoms of vocal cord nodules and polyps?

The symptoms of vocal cord nodules and polyps are similar and can include:

  • Hoarseness
  • A breathy voice
  • A rough, scratchy voice
  • Vocal fatigue
  • A feeling of a lump in the throat
  • Limited vocal range

Diagnosis is typically made by an ENT specialist through a laryngoscopy, which allows direct visualization of the vocal cords. Sometimes, other imaging tests may be necessary to rule out other conditions.

What are the treatment options?

The treatment for vocal cord nodules and polyps may involve a combination of voice therapy, medication, and surgery. Voice therapy with a speech-language pathologist is often the first line of treatment, focusing on techniques to reduce vocal strain. For polyps or persistent nodules, surgery may be necessary to remove the growths, followed by voice therapy to prevent recurrence.

Why choose us?

In the intricate field of vocal health, selecting a specialized care provider is paramount. Our clinic distinguishes itself as a premier destination for the treatment of vocal cord nodules and polyps, with a focus on personalized patient experiences and a commitment to achieving the best possible vocal outcomes. We are home to a cohesive team of board-certified ENT specialists and speech-language pathologists who bring a wealth of experience and compassion to each case.

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Our philosophy of care

Our philosophy is rooted in the understanding that each voice is as unique as a fingerprint, requiring tailored therapeutic approaches. We provide meticulous assessments using state-of-the-art diagnostic technology, ensuring we capture the complete picture of your vocal health before treatment begins. Our providers are medical experts and educators who will guide you through each step of the healing process.

Patients who choose our clinic can access a full spectrum of innovative treatments, including minimally invasive surgical techniques that offer quicker recovery times and maximal voice preservation. Post-surgical care is a collaborative journey, with customized voice therapy designed to restore and enhance vocal performance while preventing recurrence.

Entrust your voice to us and experience the harmony of expert care, advanced treatments, and heartfelt support — a symphony of services that positions our clinic as a leader in vocal cord health. 

We have helped countless individuals regain their voice and quality of life. Whether it is a teacher who can now conduct a full day of classes without vocal fatigue or a singer who has returned to the stage, our patients’ successes inspire our continuous commitment to excellence in ENT care.

Vocal cord nodules and polyps can significantly affect one’s voice and quality of life, but with proper diagnosis and treatment, individuals can often make a full recovery. It is essential for those experiencing symptoms not to delay seeking care, as early intervention can lead to better outcomes. Our clinic is dedicated to providing patients with the highest standard of care tailored to their unique vocal needs.

Vocal Cord Nodules and Polyps FAQs

Are vocal cord nodules and polyps the same as cancer?

No, both nodules and polyps are noncancerous growths. However, persistent hoarseness or changes in the voice should always be evaluated by a healthcare professional to rule out more serious conditions.

How long does it take to recover from surgery for nodules or polyps?

Recovery times can vary, but typically, patients may experience a significant improvement within a few weeks post-surgery, with complete voice rest recommended immediately following the procedure.

Can vocal cord nodules and polyps come back?

Yes, especially if vocal misuse continues. Voice therapy and proper vocal care are essential to prevent recurrence.

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