During this procedure, Dr. Rodman uses a camera to visualize where the vocal cords are. She marks where the vocal cords insert into the thyroid cartilage externally. This allows for the most aggressive, but still safe surgery. The thyroid cartilage notch is removed with a blade or with a drill, depending on the patient. Because Dr. Rodman is viewing the vocal cords throughout the procedure, she can ensure that they are not damaged and the voice is not altered.
The scar from the Adam’s apple reduction is small and sits above the surgical bed in a crease between the neck and the chin. This generally heals very well and is nearly invisible within a few months.
Downtime from Adam’s apple reduction is about 1-2 weeks. It is normal to have a very sore throat and some difficulty swallowing after this surgery. Patients should understand this surgery reduces the visible cartilage in the neck, but does not alter the voice. Voice surgery is a different procedure, which should be spaced 6 months after a tracheal shave.