Can vocal nodule surgery cause vocal scarring and can vocal scarring lead to permanent hoarseness? I mean what are the chances of vocal scarring and permanent hoarseness? Which way is good to minimize vocal scaring surgery - by CO2 laser or by normal instrument?
Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies...
Yes, with any vocal fold surgery there is a slight risk of scarring and permanent hoarseness; you would have to ask your specific surgeon about his or her incidence of post-operative scar. There are phonosurgeons who excise vocal fold nodules using C02 laser, and there are those who use cold instruments. I'm sure physicians in both camps feel that they are able to perform surgery without risk of significant scarring. What is important is finding a surgeon with whom you feel comfortable.
Good luck to you!