chapter  67
Phonosurgery
ByAbie Mendelsohn, Marc Remacle
Pages 14

INTRODUCTION Voice disorders are typically only appreciated by those afflicted with these conditions. While there have been great advances throughout the years within the diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders, we are still quite limited in the overall range of intervention available to the practitioners concentrating in this critical area. The last 50 years has seen an increased awareness and emphasis on vocal results and the expansion of phonosurgery, which is defined as ‘any surgery designed primarily for the improvement or restoration of the voice’. Nowadays, ‘surgery’ refers to office-based procedures, interventions under light anaesthesia (conscious sedation), or surgery with general anaesthesia.