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Effect of voice therapy after phonomicrosurgery for vocal polyps: a prospective, historically controlled, clinical study

  • Y H Ju (a1), K-Y Jung (a1), S-Y Kwon (a1), J-S Woo (a1), J-G Cho (a1), M W Park (a1), E-H Park (a1) and S-K Baek (a1)...

Abstract

Objective:

This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of post-operative voice therapy after phonomicrosurgery for vocal polyp removal.

Methods:

The study retrospectively enrolled 55 consecutive patients who had undergone voice therapy after phonomicrosurgery for vocal polyp removal occurring between June 2010 and June 2011. A historical group of 63 similar patients not receiving voice therapy was used as an external control. We compared voice analysis parameters and Voice Handicap Index scores for the two groups.

Results:

Most objective and subjective voice outcome parameters were significantly improved after surgical treatment. Although the study and control groups showed no significant difference regarding objective parameters (using acoustic and aerodynamic analysis) or the subjective parameters assessed using the grade-roughness-breathiness-asthenia-strain scale, the study group had significantly better final Voice Handicap Index scores.

Conclusion:

Following surgery for vocal polyps, post-operative voice therapy can improve patients' vocal discomfort, emotional responses and everyday self-perception.

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Corresponding author

Address for correspondence: Dr Seung-Kuk Baek, Anam-dong 5-ga 126-1, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, 136-705, South Korea Fax: +82 2 925 5233 E-mail: mdskbaek@gmail.com

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