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The Division of Laryngology employs a multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment for conditions affecting the voice, airway and ability to swallow:
- Professional voice
- Dysphonia, or voice disorders
- Early stages of cancer in the larynx and glottis
- Vocal fold polyps and lesions
- Vocal fold paralysis
- Airway stenosis, or narrowing of the windpipe
- Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (HPV) in the larynx
- Open airway reconstruction
Laryngology Division physicians employ specialized equipment and the latest laser technology in order to perform common surgical procedures in a relaxed office setting; procedures that were traditionally performed in the operating room. Applying these medical advancements in laryngology provide benefit the patient by significantly decreasing the amount of time in the hospital, lowering costs of health care and – in many cases – providing better results. For more complex conditions affecting the voice and airway, laryngologists at IU School of Medicine are also experts in the operating room, frequently partnering with head and neck surgeons.
Ongoing research includes an HPV research group that tests novel systemic treatments in recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, which can cause airway obstruction. Novel discoveries in chemotherapy and immunomodulatory drugs aim to target HPV cells at a molecular level.