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Excision of Vocal Cord Polyps


This surgery is done to remove one or more polyps on your vocal cords.


Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have throat pain.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You will need to return to have more tests to check your vocal cords. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Voice rest:

You will need to have strict voice rest for up to 2 weeks. Voice rest includes talking, whispering, whistling, straining, coughing, and sneezing. You will need to communicate using another method such as a chalkboard or pad and pencil. After the period of strict voice rest, you may need to continue to limit the use of your voice.

Voice therapy:

Voice therapy involves training to decrease the strain you put on your vocal cords. This can help to prevent new polyps from forming.


  • Do not smoke: Smoking slows healing after surgery. Avoid being around others who smoke. Do not use e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco in place of cigarettes or to help you quit. They still contain nicotine. Ask your healthcare provider for information if you currently smoke and need help quitting.
  • Avoid crowds and people who have a respiratory infection such as a cold.
  • Use a humidifier in your room if you live in a dry climate. This may help to prevent throat dryness and irritation.

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