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  • Does the examination of my throat hurt?
    Prior to performing this procedure, the nose is sprayed with a light anaesthetic and is generally well tolerated by patients.
  • How long does the procedure take?
    Approximately 10-15 minutes.
  • Do I need a referral?
    Yes, from your GP or specialist.
  • What do I need to bring with me to the Voice Assessment Centre?
    Any CT scans and any information about previous treatment including speech pathology.
  • How much does it cost?
    A first appointment is $300 and includes a full assessment with video endoscopy and stroboscopy as well as recommendations for treatment and speech pathology.  This fee is partly rebatable through Medicare.
  • Who does my surgery?
  • Dr Ian Cole.  Surgery is only carried out if no other treatment is available and indications and expected results are thoroughly discussed with the patient.
  • Where will I have surgery?
    St Vincent's Private Hospital.
  • How much does surgery cost?
    Depends on the type and difficulty of the surgery.  Each patient will receive an itemised quote.  Fees are generally very reasonable and gaps are kept to minimum.
  • Can I talk after surgery?
    Voice rest maybe necessary for a minimum of time depending on type of surgery.  The need for voice rest will be discussed with you prior to surgery. Voice therapy may be required following surgery.
  • Will I need time off work?
    This will depend on the type of surgery and your type of work. If you have high voice use at work such as teaching or singing, you may require time off work at first, followed by a staged return to work.