Vocal Surgery

Vocal Surgery at the Center for Vocal Health

Having vocal surgery is scary, whether you’re a singer, a teacher, or a doctor. Your voice is part of your identity, your fingerprint, and probably your source of income. It can feel risky to undergo vocal surgery. However, when surgery is recommended by a responsible laryngeal surgeon, the alternatives (observation, voice rest) are likely not working. Not having a recommended surgery usually results in a worse vocal outcome than a well-performed surgery.

Fear of vocal surgery tends to originate from stories of singers or colleagues who have had unsuccessful surgery. By choosing a responsible surgeon, you are able to lower your risk considerably.

At Center for Vocal Health, our laryngologist, Dr. Reena Gupta, has over a decade of surgical success leveraging her expertise in voice diagnostics and surgery.

Can I return to performing after surgery?

Dr. Gupta is fellowship-trained in Laryngology and Laryngeal Surgery, the highest level of training that can be completed for professional voice users. She exclusively devotes her practice to the surgical care of the voice and vocal apparatus. Her surgical patients have returned stage, screen, studio and beyond, with healthier, stronger voices and an empowered approach towards their vocal health.

An innovative, customized surgical approach

One size does not fit all – no vocal injuries are the same. There are countless variable that Dr. Gupta factors into her surgical planning, including the timing of injury, size of injury, professional voice use type, medical health, smoking history, schedule for return to voice use… the list goes on. By considering these variables, she is able to create the best surgical approach for you.
Dr. Gupta is a fellowship-trained Laryngeal Surgeon and is specifically trained in vocal surgery. She continues to explore new developments, traveling across the country and world to understand what others are doing and adding to the growing body of literature about vocal surgery.

  • Vocally-optimized microlaryngeal surgery
  • Laser surgery
  • Vocal injections
  • Office-based procedures
  • Same-day procedures

Your Voice is More than Your Livelihood…It’s Your Life

The Best in Voice Medicine for the Performing Artist

Our Patients, Our Responsibility

We fiercely guard our patients’ privacy, never speaking about our patients, never posting their pictures online or on our walls. We have carefully selected a private surgical facility that protects our patients’ safety and identities. We take your privacy seriously and do everything in our power to protect it.

The CVH team has vast experience working around patients’ tour, work, and performance schedules, understanding that every day of vocal rest is a day that affects you financially and emotionally.

Vocal surgery is not just having an operation.

The surgical process must include helping you understand the injury and how it happened. This is an important, often overlooked, step to preventing recurrence.

We take injury very seriously. A large part of our process is ensuring you have the tools you need to manage your voice in the future. Your voice care team will be assembled for you, including your surgeon, Dr. Gupta; a vocal rehabilitation specialist; and a vocal coach that specializes in your area of performance. We will be in constant communication throughout your diagnosis, surgery, and recovery to ensure a seamless transition from surgery to rehabilitation to performance.

Your rehabilitation helps with vocal hygiene, how to care for your voice, recognize warning signs of new injury, and how to optimize speaking voice tasks. Your vocal coach training will build upon your results and help you become efficient, effective and powerful in your voice use.
I’ve seen someone and am injured – don’t I just need “someone to cut it off?”

One of the commonest misconceptions is that with the picture of the cords, one can diagnose and determine the treatment plan for a patient. This is simply not true. Dr. Gupta has provided numerous second opinions where surgery had been recommended. Through detailed discussion, including the history of the patient’s problem and their current health status, she has found alternatives that have avoided surgery altogether. One of the dangers in laryngeal medicine is “treating the picture” – this means looking at the picture or video and removing what seems abnormal.

A video of the vocal cords is not the full picture.

When taking care of voice patients, it’s critical to piece together the whole story, the sound of the voice, associated medical problems, and the findings on the vocal cord exam. When we treat the picture, we risk overtreating the patient and this could mean unnecessary surgery. Be careful when a doctor scopes you and recommends surgery without first listening to you perform or do vocal tasks.

Surgery at the Center for Vocal Health

Our goal is to help you through the stressful process of vocal surgery, guiding you step-by-step and supporting you in your recovery back to performance. Contact us today to set up your remote or in-person evaluation