Not long after his vocal fold implant surgery in May, Lester Arenz answered the phone at his Bartonsville home. He picked it up and said hello to his brother, Steve, who thought he had the wrong number.
“I told him, ‘Steve, it’s me,’” says the 79-year-old retiree. “He couldn’t believe it. I hadn’t been able to talk above a whisper for a long time, and now he could hear me speak good as new.”
Arenz’s voice started changing about three years ago. It was a raspy whisper by the time he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. When he asked his doctors if there was a way of getting it back to normal, he was recommended to Lehigh Valley Health Network laryngologist Mausumi Syamal, MD, with LVPG Ear, Nose and Throat, who specializes in vocal cord disorders.
“It was fantastic,” Arenz says. “Dr. Syamal did a great job. It’s like it never happened. The surgery was a little different though.”