Office-based Laryngeal Procedures
Dr. Weidenbecher is a fellowship trained laryngologist with extensive experience in laryngeal procedures. Some voice box conditions can safely be treated in the office. Performing procedures in the office has several advantages to the patient, which include avoidance of general anesthesia and significant times saving for the patient. Without having to take a day off from work. Common procedures that will be performed by Dr. Weidenbecher in the office include:
Vocal fold injection/ medialization laryngoplasty
Some laryngeal conditions, such as inflammation, nodules or scarring benefit from steroid injections. These injections can easily be done in the office under local anesthesia. In other cases, a paralyzed or atrophic vocal fold can be augmented with a filler in order to make a hoarse voice sound more normal. Commonly used fillers include Restylane TM or Prolaryn TM.
Office-based laser surgery
Patients have access to the latest laser technology to treat vocal cord lesions. Dr. Weidenbecher uses a KTP laser to treat vocal cord polyps, precancerous lesions and other conditions in the office under local anesthesia. In particular patients with laryngeal papilloma, who often suffer from many recurrences over time, may benefit significantly from this service.
Laryngeal botulinum toxin injection
Several neurological conditions, such as spasmodic dysphonia or tremor, can present with hoarseness. In order to ameliorate symptoms, Dr. Weidenbecher can inject botolinum toxin into the affected muscles.
Steroid injection for subglottic stenosis
“Idiopathic subglottic stenosis” is a narrowing below the vocal folds and is often seen in women between the age of 40 and 60 years. By injecting steroids into the inflamed tissue, the stenosis can be treated effectively and patients are less likely to have to go to the operating room.
Trigger point injection for neck pain
Certain nerves around the voicebox can cause chronic anterior neck pain, in particular when swallowing or talking. These can be injected with medicine to reduce inflammation and to treat symptoms effectively.
To schedule an appointment, call 216-778-5791.