There are several ways that people can lose the use of their voice box. This can result from injury to the larynx or removal of the larynx due to cancer or laryngeal stenosis.

Cleveland Clinic's Head and Neck Institute specializes in several laryngeal and tracheal reconstructions, including laryngeal airway obstruction, esophageal reflux, tracheal aspiration, laryngoscopy and voice preservation and rehabilitation and removal of upper and lower respiratory foreign bodies. Cleveland Clinic expertise in this area led to the world’s first total laryngeal transplant in 1998.

Patient Story

Subglottic Stenosis Patient Gets Her Breath Back

Learn more about Sandra Mickle who was misdiagnosed with asthma and later found out with the help of Cleveland Clinic doctors that she had a rare condition that made it harder to breathe. And after a minimally invasive surgery using a scope, she was able to breathe again.

View Sandra's Story
What We Treat

What We Treat

  • Aging Voice
  • Airway Reconstruction
  • Airway Stenosis Treatment
  • Aphonia
  • Change in Voice
  • Choking on Food
  • Contusions on Vocal Cord
  • Cough with Thick Mucus in Throat
  • Coughing Up Blood
  • Coughing Up Phlegm 
  • Decreased Projection
  • Difficulty Articulating
  • Difficulty with Vocal Range
  • Diseases of Vocal Cords
  • Dysphagia
  • Dysphonia
  • Effortful Singing or Talking
  • Epiglottic Growth
  • Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy
  • Flexible Laryngoscopy
  • Food Getting Stuck
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (gpa, Formerly Called Wegener's) of the Throat
  • Growth in Throat
  • Hoarseness
  • Immobile Vocal Folds
  • Infection in Throat
  • Laryngeal Electromyography
  • Laryngeal Framework Surgery
  • Laryngeal Function Assessment
  • Laryngeal Stenosis
  • Laryngeal Tracheal Reconstruction
  • Laryngeal Videostroboscopy
  • Laryngitis
  • Laryngomalacia
  • Laryngopharyngeal Reflux
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Larynx Cancer
  • Larynx Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
  • Leak in Trach
  • Lesion in Throat
  • Loss of Voice
  • Muscle Tension Dysphonia
  • Pain Vocal Cords
  • Painful Swallowing
  • Paralysis of Larynx
  • Pharyngitis
  • Polyp of Larynx
  • Polypoid Corditis
  • Polyps in Air Way
  • Professional Voice Care
  • Raspy Voice
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Spasmodic Dysphonia
  • Speech Not Clear
  • Stenosis of Larynx
  • Stenosis of Trachea
  • Stroboscopy
  • Subglottic Stenosis
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Swallowing Problems
  • Throat Constriction
  • Throat Discomfort
  • Throat Muscle Spasms
  • Throat Obstruction
  • Throat Ulcer
  • Trach Change
  • Trach Concerns
  • Trach Management
  • Trach Removal
  • Tracheal Stenosis
  • Tracheostomy
  • Trouble Speaking
  • Trouble Swallowing
  • Unilateral Paralysis of Larynx
  • Unilateral Paralysis of Vocal Cords
  • Velopharyngeal Dysfunction (VPD)
  • Velopharyngeal Insufficiency (VPI)
  • Videostroboscopy
  • Vocal Cord Bowing
  • Vocal Cord Buildup of Scar Tissue
  • Vocal Cord Cancer
  • Vocal Cord Clearance
  • Vocal Cord Diseases
  • Vocal Cord Dysfunction
  • Vocal Cord Infection
  • Vocal Cord Inflamed
  • Vocal Cord Nodules
  • Vocal Cord Palsy
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Vocal Cord Polyps
  • Vocal Dysfunction
  • Vocal Fatigue
  • Vocal Fold Erythema
  • Vocal Fold Paralysis
  • Vocal Fold Polyp
  • Vocal Paralysis
  • Voice Disorders
  • Voice Loss
  • Voice Problems
  • Weakness in Voice
  • Zenkers Diverticulum