Having vocal surgery and finding the right surgeon to perform your procedure can be stressful. From the worries of possible vocal complications, to the risk of hoarseness, it is always in your best interest to get a second opinion. Remember, most physicians only perform 1-4 of these procedures a year. At the Institute, we perform significantly more. There is no substitute for focus and experience. Our doctors work together to provide a sound vocal surgery combined with a cosmetically appealing outcome, if that is indicated for your procedure. We understand that it is often inconvenient, time-consuming and expensive for patients to fly to our Los Angeles office for a consultation, and fly back again a few weeks later for surgery. We have designed a program that enables you to determine the best options available to you from the comfort of your home.
The first step is to call or email our patient care consultant, Noelia Fedi, and request a preliminary phone consultation with a surgeon.
Our patient care coordinator will provide you with the specific forms you need to fill out before your visit. For more information, please contact our patient coordinator at (310) 657-0123.
Many patients have already seen a physician prior to consultation with us. If this is the case, please ask your doctor for a video of your examination. This is not always possible but if you are able to obtain a video, your phone consultation is much more efficient.
We will review your history, physical exam, films and videos. Your doctor will then discuss all your options with you, and together you will come up with a customized treatment plan. You will then be contacted by our Patient Care Consultant who will discuss pre-operative care, costs, recovery, local accommodations and will answer any questions related to your procedure(s).
Once you have decided to proceed, we will reserve your surgery date.
Shortly after your surgery is scheduled, you will receive a packet in the mail containing pre-operative instructions and procedure consents. These documents must be read carefully and all instructions followed closely. All contents must be signed and initialed. The entire pre-operative packet must be brought with you to your pre-operative office visit. If you have any questions at this time, please do not hesitate to call or email the office for clarification.
At the Institute, a laryngologist and Dr. Hamilton (if needed) will perform all of your surgery from start to finish, meaning that a laryngologist performs your voice surgery and a facial plastic surgeon performs your wound closure and any additional cosmetic procedures.
Our local international airport is LAX. We are located approximately 20 minutes from LAX. You MUST arrive one to two days prior to your surgery date. At a designated time during this period you will meet with the doctor(s) and have an in-depth consultation discussing all procedures. All consents should be signed and dated for the pre operative appointment. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail our office. Nearby airports:
These hotels are located close to our office and are the most convenient for appointments, surgery, and follow-up. We have also had positive feedback about these locations from our patients.
Travel Stipend Available* *A travel stipend is provided to assist patients from out of town. Travel stipends assist out of town patients with ancillary costs directly associated with their surgery. Stipends may cover part or all of the cost of airfare, ground transportation, and/or lodging, and are available only to surgical patients. Travel stipends are granted by a committee on a rolling basis. Resources are limited annually. Please ask Noelia Fedi (surgical coordinator) if you would like to be considered.
*Stipends provided through a generous grant by the Division of Head and Neck Oncology (OHNI). Administered by the Osborne Head and Neck Cancer Foundation.
We advise all patients that fly-in for surgery to spend at least the first night after their procedure in a local hotel or after-care facility, thus ensuring convenience for any required medical attention. In the days that follow we will see you post-operatively and, depending upon the procedures that have been performed, you may return home within a few days. In the event that you require any medical attention after returning home, we will refer you to a local physician for a check-up. Your health and safety remain our number one priority. We look forward to meeting you and assisting in your care.
For travel outside the U.S. please contact your perspective Bureau of Consular Affairs for assistance on obtaining a travel visa. Please allow ample time approximately 2-4 weeks prior to your procedure for paperwork to be processed by the U.S. State Department and your government consulate. Please call if you need assistance with this process or click the link below for travel.state.gov .
Having voice surgery and finding the right surgeon to perform your procedure can be stressful. Worry over privacy need not be part of the experience. We have designed a program that will allow you to determine the best options available to you from the comfort of your home. The majority of paperwork, authorizations, and initial consultation can be done over the web, telephone, and fax. When it is time to meet with the doctors, this can be done in a "closed office" environment after-hours or on the weekends to accommodate your needs.
Local patients: When necessary in special cases, the doctors have made house-calls for the initial face-to-face consultation.
International Patients: For foreign heads-of-state and prominent political figures the doctors have, on several occasions, coordinated with local embassies and state hospitals to perform surgery in the dignitary's home country. This takes a minimum of 6-8 weeks to coordinate and Noelia Fedi, Patient Care Coordinator, should be informed of this request at the time of initial contact.
Physicians: Unfortunately, as physicians, we might find ourselves to be patients some day. We understand that having surgery can be very disruptive to your practice. Every effort is made to accommodate your schedule and expedite your return to work.