TOP 7 QUESTIONS WE HEAR FROM PATIENTS
ABOUT OFFICE LARYNGEAL PROCEDURES
Will it hurt?
Office procedures are done using local anesthesia to completely numb the affected area. For patients who are very nervous, a small amount of Valium can be given beforehand. The most pain you should experience is similar to a pin prick, like a flu shot.
Is the procedure safe?
In the right hands, office laryngeal procedures are extremely safe and effective, and they eliminate the need for general anesthesia.
When can I get back to work?
It depends on the nature of your condition and the type of procedure you have done. However, most patients are able to return to work the same or next day.
How long does it take?
Some procedures, such as Botox injections, take as little as 5 minutes. Laser procedures, biopsies, and guided vocal fold injections may take as long as 10-15 minutes.
Am I suitable?
Patients as young as 11 and as old as 100 have had procedures in Dr. Rosow's office! As long as you can tolerate an endoscope in the mouth or nose without excessive gagging, you are likely a suitable candidate. Some conditions may present in too advanced a state to be managed via office procedures -- consult with your physician directly to determine this.
Can I drive after the surgery?
While no sedation is given, some patients may feel a little woozy after their procedure. This is temporary and passes quickly. However, we recommend coming to your first procedure accompanied by someone who can drive in the event that you don't feel up to it.
When can I talk/eat again?
Patients undergoing Botox injections have zero restrictions on eating or voice use. All other procedures require waiting 1 hour before eating or drinking. You may use your voice (unless instructed not to), but excessive voice use or strain is discouraged for 2 days.