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Otolaryngology Associates, LLC -  - Otolaryngology

Otolaryngology Associates, LLC

Otolaryngology & ENTs located in Indianapolis, IN & Greencastle, IN

If you develop a vocal cord lesion or damage your voice box in an accident, laryngology can diagnose the problem and provide relief. At Otolaryngology Associates, LLC, the expert team provides laryngology care to people of all ages. To make an appointment at the practice in Indianapolis, Greencastle, Greenfield, Kokomo, Noblesville, Carmel, Fishers, Avon, Greenwood, Mooresville, or Shelbyville, Indiana, call the nearest office to speak with a team member or book online today.

Laryngology Q & A

What is laryngology? 

Laryngology is a medical specialty that diagnoses and treats problems affecting the larynx (voice box). Your larynx is located in the front of your neck. It houses the vocal cords, allowing you to speak and helps you swallow.

A variety of problems can affect the larynx. Some are relatively benign and resolve with rest and at-home measures of care. Others are more serious and require surgical intervention.

What are some common ailments that laryngology treats?

At Otolaryngology Associates, LLC, the team uses laryngology to treat various ailments, including:

  • Non-cancerous vocal cord lesions
  • Cancerous and precancerous lesions
  • Infectious or inflammatory conditions
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Neurologic conditions
  • Airways obstructions
  • Laryngitis
  • Vocal cord polyps and lesions
  • Spasmodic dysphonia (Involuntary muscle contractions)
  • Laryngeal cancer
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)

You might also benefit from laryngology if your vocal cords malfunction or move abnormally.

Who is at risk of larynx-related health problems?

Anyone can experience a larynx-related health problem, but several factors increase your risk, including smoking, singing, talking excessively, and throat clearing. You’re also more likely to experience larynx-related issues if you speak loudly or regularly scream or yell at work, for example, to be heard over loud or heavy machinery.

What does a laryngology appointment involve?

A laryngology appointment begins with a comprehensive exam of your throat and larynx. To do this, your provider uses a mirror or small tube-like instrument with a camera on the end. If your doctor notices anything that looks unusual, they might order additional tests, like a biopsy, imaging study, or endoscopic exam. 

If your symptoms are due to vocal cord paralysis, the team might recommend laryngeal electromyography (LEMG). That test uses small sensors to measure the electrical output of the laryngeal muscles.

How are diseases of the larynx treated?

Treatment of diseases of the larynx depends on the type, severity of the symptoms, and their effect on your quality of life. Whenever possible, the team at Otolaryngology Associates, LLC, recommends conservative measures of care like rest and drinking plenty of fluids. You might also benefit from voice, speech, or singing therapy.

For more serious problems, like cancer, the team might recommend chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or surgical intervention. Following a comprehensive exam and discussion of your symptoms, the team develops a custom care plan that aligns with your needs.

To learn more about laryngology, schedule an appointment at Otolaryngology Associates, LLC, by calling the office or booking online today.

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