Microlaryngoscopy with phonosurgery

What is Microlaryngoscopy?

Microlaryngoscopy is the examination of your larynx (voice box) while you are under a general anaesthetic

Why do i need Microlaryngoscopy?

Microlaryngoscopy is done to find and treat problems of the voice box, such as hoarseness. Your surgeon will put a short metal tube (laryngoscope) through your mouth into your voice box. A microscope is then used to look into the voice box to find the problem. If needed, surgery on your voice box can also be done through the laryngoscope with very fine instruments. This is termed phonosurgery.

If there are any problem areas, a small part of the lining of the voice box is taken away for a biopsy. Depending on the type of problem a laser might be used. Microlaryngoscopy is quite a short operation and usually takes less than 30 minutes.

How will i feel after Microlarygoscopy?

Most patient will complain of a sore throat, due to the metal tubes that are passed into the throat to examine the voice box. Any discomfort settles quickly with simple painkillers and usually only lasts a day or two. Some patients may also feel that their neck is slightly stiff after the operation.

After microlaryngoscopy, you should be able to use your voice as normal after the procedure. If a biopsy has been taken from your voice box, you may be advised to rest your voice for a short period. Your voice may sound worse, especially if any biopsies have been taken. This should be temporary until the lining of the voice box heals. You can usually eat and drink later the same day.

What are the risks of Microlaryngoscopy?

Microlaryngoscopy is very safe. You may have a slightly sore throat afterwards. Very rarely, there is a risk that the metal tubes may chip your teeth. 

What are some Frequently Asked Questions about Microlaryngoscopy?

When will I know what happened?

We will usually be able to tell you what was found, and what we did on the same day as your operation. If any biopsies were taken, these normally take a few days to process before the results are available. 


When can I go home?

Usually you can go home the same day as the operation, as long as you have someone with you. Depending on how you feel afterwards, you may need to stay overnight for observation.


When can I go back to work?

You may be advised to stay off work for a few days to rest your throat, depending on your job.