Q&A from the article:

Get rid of vocal cord nodules

Edited by Anonymous, Alma, Gloria, Sel and 3 others

Questions and Answers

How long does it take for a surgeon to remove vocal cord nodules?


Patients suffering from vocal cord nodules or polyps that do not seem to improve with noninvasive or alternative treatments and are proving to be a burden to daily routine should readily opt for a microscopic laryngeal surgery. This type of surgery is also popularly referred to as microscopic voice surgery and is routinely performed under general anesthesia. This works as a corrective surgery for varied voice conditions affecting smokers and those who actively use or misuse their voice box on a regular basis such as singers, actors, teachers, news anchors, TV show hosts, lawyers; and the like.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Virtual.marian microscopic laryngeal surgery.jpg

This minimally invasive treatment is done with precision using top-of-the-line tiny surgical tools and a laryngoscope which ensures that only the affected region is cut off and the rest is left completely intact and unscathed. Also, this is an outpatient procedure which can be done in a matter of hours depending on the severity of condition. You will be observed for a few hours and then you can go home at the very same day of surgery. Minimal complications or side-effects are noted such as pain which is but normal and can be relieved by any type of pain medication such as ibuprofen. You will notice some difficulty in speaking for a few days or weeks. It is however recommended to undergo voice rehabilitation or to refrain from speaking too much for a few weeks to allow your inflamed vocal cords to heal entirely. After a few months, your physician can now advise you to resume normal speaking routine depending on the postoperative checkup results and your recovery rate.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

This will vary from how damaged the vocal cord is from whether they need to be less cautious or more cautious during the procedure. If you need more information on the time you can contact any medical professional to get the best estimate for this surgery.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

See more questions like this: How long is surgery to remove polyp from vocal cord

Does rest really help vocal cord nodules?


Yes, enough rest can help avoid or get rid of vocal nodules. Professional singers preserve their voice by getting as much rest and sleep as they can. When you feel strain or hoarseness in your voice, you need to give it some rest. Rest is also advised for people who have some developed vocal nodules. Forcing your voice will only worsen the situation and may lead to complete loss of your voice.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

It is possible if they are small enough, that they might go away on their own. Most doctors won't operate unless they are a certain size. Once they get too big though your only real option is surgical removal. Either way you should go to your local doctor and have them check out your throat to learn your options.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Can vocal cord edema hide nodules?


Yes, this can cause your nodules to not fully be recognizable unfortunately thus hiding them from being seen by the untrained eye.

Vocal cord edema may be able to hide nodules, mainly because the entire area will look rather swollen. It is for this reason that whenever doctor see an edema in the area, they are more likely going to suggest other more detailed tests. They know for a fact that an edema may be able to conceal some other problems.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Also, when your doctor does a physical exam, nodules tend to be rather obvious, with or without an edema. Your doctor will be able to tell right away if there are some irregularities in terms of the texture of the area.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

I have small nodules on vocal cords for about one year what can I do to eliminate them?

The doctor said they are smell so we can't perform a surgery

You will need to do a full vocal chord rest, possibly a month or two. By full vocal chord rest, I mean the following:

  • no talking in normal voice
  • no whispering
  • no clearing of voice (the "ehem")
  • no intake of cold beverages
  • no smoking of any kind
  • no spicy food
  • absolutely no singing
  • no humming or any kind of noise coming from the vocal chords
  • get adequate sleep

This will be a challenge, but it will get rid of the small nodules on your vocal chords. Proper use of your vocal chords will also prevent this from happening. The rules of prevention are the same as the cure I stated above, excluding the ones that requires the use of your voice. In addition, you will also need to remember not to over-practice or over-use your voice.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

The above questions are from the following wiki...
Get rid of vocal cord nodules

More questions and answers

Can I get rid of vocal cord nodules?

I have two small nodules since one and a half years the doctor said they are small he can't make a surgery what can I do to get rid of them

Doctors will only take surgical action on vocal cord nodules/polyps after they have been there for a long time or become quite large. There are many things you can do to help control them from getting worse all the way from quitting smoking and monitoring your allergies to receiving voice therapy. Voice therapy can teach you better vocal hygiene, and reduce or even stop behaviors that are abusive to your vocal cords. You should consult your doctor about find some alternatives since he does not want to operate.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

See more questions like this: Do nodules on vocal cords ever go away

Benign nodule on vocal cord natural treatment?

Benign nodules are small, non-cancerous tissue growth on the vocal cords which usually caused by voice abuse. Over time, when a person repeatedly abuse his or her voice, the irritation on the vocal cords swells and starts to form a tiny, soft tissue growth which is usually called "soft nodules". These soft nodules usually fades in time when the person stops abusing his voice. When a person who has soft nodules continue to abuse his voice, the soft nodules on his vocal cords starts to grow more larger forming fibrous tissues which makes it more stiffer which is usually termed "hard nodules". In regards to your query, the soft benign nodules can be naturally manage by the following:

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  • Complete voice rest. Complete voice rest means no talking and no whispering for about 3 to 4 days upon diagnosis of soft benign vocal cord nodules for the first few weeks and as frequent as possible. Simply carry a pen and a paper with you to communicate. Complete voice rest will reduce the swelling of soft nodules on your vocal cords and there are also reports that soft vocal cord nodules can be properly eliminated in as few as seven to 10 days following this method.
Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  • Humidifying, steaming and purifying hydration. This works effectively in hydrating your vocal folds. Facial steamers works best and add Vicks or any similar menthol based products and steam for about 8 to 10 minutes three times a day until you feel more better.
  • Gargle with warm water and salt. Gargling with warm water and salt three times a day will effectively soothe the swelling and reduce the pain.
  • Avoid hot and cold fluids. Hot fluids can increase swelling and inflammation while cold fluids makes throat muscles to contract. Drink room temperature fluids instead.

The above tips are some of the best natural ways in treating soft vocal cord nodules.

You mention homeopathic treatment for vocal cord nodules, but you do not say what those are. Can you elaborate?

Vocal cord nodules for at least 8 months. Two months on a proton pump inhibitor (medication) has not changed the situation. I am not a professional singer. Except for a few shouts during a 1-hour/3-times-per-week gym workout, I do not generally abuse my voice.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

VisiHow QnA. This section is not written yet. Want to join in? Click EDIT to write this answer.

See more questions like this: Can hard vocal nodules be cured through homeopathy treatment?

I had vocal nodules problem when I try to speak I feel difficult to breath. Why is that?

When I try to speak I feel difficult to breath.

VisiHow QnA. This section is not written yet. Want to join in? Click EDIT to write this answer.

I am suffering from hoarseness that is caused by vocal cord nodule. What kind of treatment is effective to solve my problem?

I suffer from hoarseness, my nasal septum is bent. All the time I suffer from coughing.

VisiHow QnA. This section is not written yet. Want to join in? Click EDIT to write this answer.

What are the other remedies for vocal cord cyst aside from operation?

I wold like to ask if there are other remedies for vocal cord cyst aside from operation?. I have tried: Not yet, I was just diagnose with that. I think it was caused by: I am a teacher

VisiHow QnA. This section is not written yet. Want to join in? Click EDIT to write this answer.


VisiHow welcomes all comments. If you do not want to be anonymous, register or log in. It is free.

Featured Author
69 Articles Started
2,601 Article Edits
24,290 Points
Daniel is a featured author with VisiHow. Daniel has achieved the level of "Lieutenant" with 24,290 points. Daniel has started 69 articles and made 2,601 article edits. 17,578 people have read Daniel's article contributions.
Ask Daniel
Hi, my name is Daniel. I hope my article on "How long does it take for a surgeon to remove vocal cord nodules" was helpful. If you have a question please click the button below.

Article Info

Categories : Health & Wellness

Recent edits by: mowill187, Eng, Sel

Share this Article:

Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 3,726 times.


Thank Our Volunteer Authors.

Would you like to give back to the community by fixing a spelling mistake? Yes | No