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Vocal Fold Leukoplakia and Dysplasia


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These conditions usually present as white plaques on the vocal folds and can result in hoarseness, although people may experience no voice disturbance.

They can often recur, even after multiple surgical treatments. Dysplasia (also known as “pre-cancer”) can be dangerous if left untreated, as it has the potential to transform into cancer.

Fortunately, these disorders can often be treated with in-office laser procedures once a surgical biopsy has been done to confirm the diagnosis and rule out cancer.


Laser (In-office)
We are the only place in South Florida that offers in-office laser procedures for laryngeal and throat conditions. We use the state-of-the-art potassium-titanyl-phosphate (KTP) laser, which is designed to precisely target the blood vessels of most lesions that affect the vocal folds.

Under local anesthetic, papillomas can be treated in 10-15 minutes. Office laser treatment allows for much quicker recovery and avoids the hassle of the operating room and general anesthesia.

Why Choose UHealth?

Ranked No. 28 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. The ranking reflects the team’s dedication to excellence in research patient care and outcomes. Surgeons, audiologists, biomedical engineers, speech pathologists, researchers, and psychologists collaborate with many research programs at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to deliver the best possible multidisciplinary care to pediatric and adult ear, nose, and throat patients.

Customized treatment from a multidisciplinary team. We work with you to understand your condition and your vocal goals so we can craft a customized treatment plan that makes the most sense for you. When therapy is needed, we develop a personalized therapy program based on your specific situation and tailored to your needs and goals. Our multidisciplinary team works alongside you for the long term to ensure that you receive comprehensive treatment and get your voice back.

World-class care in an academic health system. We are recognized throughout South Florida and the world as a leader in treating conditions and disorders of the ear, nose, and throat. Backed by one of the nation’s top universities, our team uses the latest technologies and research-driven expertise to provide you with superior, personalized care and the best outcomes.

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