Contra-indications of voice surgery
There are a number of contraindications to voice surgery, which are factors that would make a patient a poor candidate for the procedure. Some of the most common contraindications include:
● Active infection or inflammation in the larynx (voice box)
● Uncontrolled diabetes or other systemic illnesses that may slow healing
● Smoking, as it can impede healing and increase the risk of complications
● Obesity, which can make it more difficult for the surgeon to access the larynx
● Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or other respiratory conditions that may put the patient at risk during anaesthesia
● Active bleeding disorders, which can increase the risk of complications during surgery
● Mental or psychological conditions that make the patient unable to understand the risks and benefits of the procedure or make them unable to make an informed decision
● Pregnancy, as the risks to the foetus outweigh any potential benefits to the mother
It's important to note that this list is not exhaustive, and there may be other factors that would contraindicate voice surgery for a particular patient. It's important for patients to discuss their medical history, medications, and any other health concerns with their surgeon before undergoing any procedure.
Also, it’s worth noting that not all patients with voice disorders will require surgery as a treatment. It may be advised after a thorough evaluation and multiple other treatments tried and failed, or for specific type of disorder.