Category: Voice surgery

Teachers have higher risk of voice disorders

• April 26, 2013 • Comments (0)

Teachers have a much higher risk of voice problems than the general population, several studies show.  Noisy classrooms and lack of vocal rest are an occupational hazard.  Physical education and vocal music teachers are particularly at risk.  Of the treatments, vocal function exercises (a series of humming and phonating exercises) and portable amplification appear to [...]

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“New world” for voice disorders treatments

• April 25, 2013 • Comments (0)

In these 3 videos, Dr. Martin Birchall of the UK talks about technological advances in treatments for vocal cord nodules, laryngeal cancer, and the like, predicting that we may see a “whole new world” of voice treatments ten years down the line.  Amen.  It is great to see doctors focusing on quality of life, as well as [...]

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Voice box transplant – clinical trials

• April 22, 2013 • Comments (0)

Wow.  UK announces funding for first clinical trial for stem cell-based voice box transplant.  Patients who lose their voice box, or larynx, lose their ability to speak, and often have great difficulty breathing and swallowing.  The potential breakthrough, dubbed RegenVox, is being led by Dr. Martin Burchall, of University College London Hospitals.  In the procedure, [...]

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Category: St. Michael's Hospital Voice Chair, Voice problem, Voice surgery

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The aging voice

• April 21, 2013 • Comments (0)

At the wedding I went to last week, I noticed one of the older guests having difficulty speaking over the noise of everyone else at the reception.  Then I saw her put her finger on her neck, much as I used to do in order to make enough sound that people could hear me.  Vocal [...]

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Thyroid surgery risks and complications

• April 8, 2013 • Comments (0)

Great summary of thyroid surgery risks and complications, from Dr. Chris Chang’s blog.  During  my surgery for papillary thyroid cancer, my right recurrent laryngeal nerve was severed (a thyroplasty surgery restored my voice), and I lost at least 2 of my parathyroid glands.  I’m now on max doses of calcuim and Vitamin D for the [...]

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Category: Thyroid cancer, Voice surgery

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Wall Street Journal talks voice treatment

• March 19, 2013 • Comments (0)

Great article , audio, and video Friday in the Wall Street Journal, which talks about voice therapy and the medical procedures that can restore voices when conventional speech therapy fails.   Speech therapy sometimes works, and if that fails vocal cords can be injected with collagen substances that “plump up” the vocal cords.  If the vocal [...]

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Category: St. Michael's Hospital Voice Chair, Vocal cord paralysis, Voice problem, Voice surgery, Voice treatment

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Getting my voice back

• March 4, 2013 • Comments (0)

There’s about a 1 percent change of having your recurrent laryngeal nerve seriously roughed up during a modified radical right neck dissection (a procedure as gruesome as it sounds – they cut your neck half off, and I have the big 24 inch fishhook scar to prove it).  There’s about a zero percent chance of [...]

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Category: Canadian health care system, Voice surgery

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Cancer surgery

• February 28, 2013 • Comments (0)

June 14 2004, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.   Dr. Diaz did the surgery, using a laser to cut me open from just below the right ear, looping down above my collarbone and finishing on the left side of my neck.   All in all about 24 inches of scar, although it doesn’t look too bad [...]

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Halfway to $3 million for a chair in voice care!

• February 22, 2013 • Comments (0)

A small team of 8-10 volunteers has raised over $1.65 million towards a Chair in Voice Care and Research at St. Michael’s Hospital (SMH) in Toronto.   A fully funded endowed “chair”, which is simply a permanently reserved bucket of money that kicks off interest every year, is $3 million.    We’re more than halfway there!  This [...]

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