Voice Disorders

Approximately 7.5 million people in the United States experience voice problems. While most voice disorders are relatively minor and resolve on their own, a persistent change in your voice could indicate a more serious condition.

We are the first and only private ENT practice in Anchorage, Alaska, to offer videostroboscopy. This in-office diagnostic procedure gives an enhanced view of the larynx that standard examinations can't provide. Video documentation of laryngeal anatomy and function is a simple procedure that requires topical anesthetic only, but it is essential to state-of-the-art management of human voice disorders.

Our ENT specialists treat voice disorders conservatively, generally coordinating with a speech therapist for voice therapy. However, sometimes the evaluation will indicate that surgery is required.

If you've noticed changes in your voice that persist longer than 6 weeks, request a consultation online with the ACENT ear, nose, and throat specialists in Anchorage, or call (907) 279-8800 to speak with a member of our team. For our Homer and surrounding patients, please call (907) 235-0310.

Our highly-trained providers look forward to meeting you and answering all of your questions.

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Voice surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under a brief general anesthetic. Voice surgery – typically to treat a polyp or cyst of the larynx – is performed under an operating microscope using specialized delicate instruments designed specifically for phonosurgery.


Recovery will obviously vary depending on the type of procedure performed. Your physician may recommend voice rest for at least the first few days and then use it sparingly for another week or so. You can expect a minor sore throat and mild pain after surgery.

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Each of our physicians is board certified in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery; in addition, Dr. Ellerbe and Dr. Kallman are board certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.