Surgeries We Perform

Vocal Cord Surgery

Children often times have dysphonia or are hoarse for one reason or another. It can be from a variety of different pathologies including vocal nodules, vocal papillomas, congenital webs, or scarring of the vocal cords. Often times, the child's hoarseness if longer than 90 days should be evaluated by a diagnostic laryngoscopy, which is essentially an outpatient surgical procedure in which a lighted tube is passed down the patient's throat and examination of the vocal cords is done under anesthesia. This procedure is performed in an outpatient surgical setting at the Statesboro Pediatric Ear, Nose, & Throat Clinic. Often times, the parents are in the room when the child is induced with anesthesia. Typically, these procedures take less than 15 minutes and recovery room time is less than 30 minutes. This procedure most often is performed on an outpatient basis. The parents are given Dr. Crews' cell phone number postoperatively for contact with the doctor following the surgery. If you suspect the child has chronic hoarseness for longer than 90 days and you would like an evaluation, please contact the Pediatric Ear, Nose, & Throat Clinic.