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Voice Disorders

Your voice is one of the most important tools, and for many individuals is the key to their livelihood. This is true not just for singers and entertainers; most jobs today would be difficult to perform well if you suddenly lost your voice.  

Voice disorders can result in a voice that is weak, breathy or tires easily. They can be caused by vocal cord lesions such as nodules and polyps. A full investigation including laryngoscopy and stroboscopy should be performed for hoarseness and may reveal problems such as:

  • Vocal cord paralysis is a condition in which one of the two vocal cords is unable to move, causing a weak and breathy voice. Procedures such as vocal fold injections and thyroplasty are able to restore voice and provide immediate improvements.
  • Vocal cord papillomas are lesions caused by the HPV virus which can be treated in the office with KTP laser while awake.
  • Cancer of the vocal cords and throat can be serious conditions that affect your voice. Advanced treatment using lasers may lead to increased survival and preserve function. Even after treatment, surgery can be performed to enhance voice.

Swallowing Disorders

Like speaking, swallowing is one of the main functions that is too often taken for granted. Although it may seem like a minor annoyance, dysphagia, or trouble swallowing can have a far-reaching impact on life. Dysphagia may occur with aging, after stroke, or following radiation.  Other conditions include:

Breathing Disorders

Breathing disorders can be some of the most severe conditions that affect the throat and can include:

Stridor, or noisy breathing, is a hallmark of many of these conditions. The management of breathing disorders is very complex and requires precise surgery to enhance an individual’s ability to breathe while maintaining the ability to speak and swallow. Microsurgery using lasers and high pressure balloons can markedly change someone’s life, restoring the ability to breathe normally.

About Dr. Sunil Verma

Dr. Sunil Verma is a dedicated otolaryngologist serving patients from Los Angeles and Orange County area from his Irvine and Orange offices. He obtained subspecialty training in Laryngology and specializes in minimally invasive treatments for voice, swallowing and breathing disorders. He is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, just one of many indicators of his high level of expertise.

Dr. Verma has received degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of Southern California – Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Verma is passionate about helping all of his patients resolve their voice, swallowing, and breathing disorders, especially those who use their voices for a living.

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