The Voice Clinic of Indiana’s phenomenal team of laryngologists, speech language pathologists, and support staff are fully committed to providing patients with the best available care for voice, swallowing, and airway disorders. We include services offered by no other practice in the state, such as office-based surgery, which provides patients with outstanding outcomes and unprecedented cost savings, convenience, and patient safety. We treat our patients as we would want to be treated–with respect, empathy, and unsurpassed clinical care.
What Does This Mean for Patients?
Listening to patients is paramount to beginning to understand a disease process, and physical examination is necessary to hear, see, and/or feel what is underlying patient symptoms. Voice, swallowing, and airway disorders require visualization beyond what can normally be seen during a standard physical examination and treatments require a unique set of training and talent. Laryngologists and speech and language pathologists receive extensive training utilizing specific equipment that allows for patient evaluation at a greater level of detail than by other practitioners and for treatment in a less invasive, more efficient way. At The Voice Clinic of Indiana, state of the art equipment and clinical training and experience combine for an unsurpassed experience for patients.
As just one example, the laryngologists at The Voice Clinic of Indiana are able to perform many laryngeal surgeries under local anesthesia alone in the clinic, while other clinicians would require that the same surgeries be done under general anesthesia in the operating room.
Our patients can drive themselves to their laryngeal surgery and immediately back to work (if they choose) because no sedation or general anesthesia is required. They also enjoy a faster recovery time and earlier voice recovery than with traditional surgery.
Office-based laryngeal surgeries are much safer because no general anesthesia or sedation means avoiding all associated anesthetic risks.
Studies show that over 8 out of 10 patients who have had laryngeal surgery both under local anesthesia and under general anesthesia prefer to have surgery under local anesthesia in the office-based setting.
Studies have shown over $5000 cost savings per patient for third party payers when patients choose to have office-based laryngeal laser surgery or a vocal fold injection under local anesthesia in comparison to traditional surgery in the operating room. For referring physicians enrolled in an Accountable Care Organization (ACO), these cost savings will go directly back to referring physicians.