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Adele to Sing at Grammys after Laser Vocal Cord Surgery

With Adele singing at the Grammy awards this weekend, news reports have resurfaced the singer’s laser vocal cord surgery.  While she did not have her treatment at Emory, Emory’s Voice Center is one of only 12 in the nation and the only one in the Southeast that offers laser surgery for the treatment of laryngeal (voice box) conditions.  Specifically the potassium titanyl phosphate (or KTP) laser is used to avoid damaging the delicate tissues of the vocal folds during surgery. Initially it was developed to treat port-wine stains caused by broken blood vessels, but it has since received FDA approval as a treatment for vocal disorders, including abnormal blood vessels, such as varices and ectasias, which often plague singers.  Most recently, it is being used as a treatment for larynx cancer in combination with anti-cancer therapies such as radiation and chemotherapy.

“The laser basically works by heating and shutting down the abnormal blood vessel(s) or those that feed a lesion,” says Emory otolaryngologist Adam Klein.

According to Klein, Laser Therapy is ideal for patients with recurring conditions—such as papilloma, dysplasia, or rebleeding blood vessels—because it does less damage to surrounding tissue and can be performed as an outpatient procedure. The procedure allows patients to be treated without the risk of radiation or damage to the underlying tissue, which better preserve the natural voice.  The treatment can be done under general or local anesthesia, and poses minimal risk of damage to vocal cord tissue. And it’s not just for singers.  Watch this video to hear about Darryl’s experience with laser therapy.

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Join Us for a Voice Center Open House

Melissa Statham, MDThe Emory Voice Center is pleased to welcome Melissa Statham, MD as the latest addition to the Voice Center’s team of voice specialists!

Melissa Statham, MD, is a laryngologist specializing in pediatric voice disorders and care of the adult professional voice, airway and swallowing conditions.

A graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Dr. Statham completed her residency in otolaryngology at the University of Cincinnati, and pursued two fellowships following her residency. The first for laryngology and care of the professional voice at the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center, and the second in pediatric otolaryngology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Dr. Statham has expertise in treating pediatric and adult voice conditions and airway disorders. Her research interests focus on pediatric voice disorders, novel laryngeal electromyography techniques and outcomes from pediatric and adult major airway surgery.

Please join us at the Emory Voice Center for an Open House and reception to help welcome Dr. Statham to the Emory Voice Center. You can register for the open house online, or use the phone number below. Event details are listed below:

What: Welcome Reception and Open House for Melissa Statham, MD
When: Thursday, March 24 at 4 – 6 p.m.
Where: Emory Voice Center

(550 Peachtree Street, 9th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30308)

To RSVP: Please Call 404-778-7777 or Register Online