Headed For Surgery? Ask Anesthesiologist About
A 'Laryngeal Mask Airway' To Protect Your Throat
June 17, 2015
By Dale Leopold
I want to share something I learned after undergoing two minor surgeries last month.
For the first surgery, I was put under general anesthesia, which included the use of an endotrachial tube.
This left me with a sore throat and hoarseness that lasted a few days - and I had to sign a waiver that listed damage to vocal cords among several dire potential complications.
When I mentioned this to the anesthesiologist prior to the second surgery, he suggested using a Laryngeal Mask Airway - LMA (see photo). Unlike the normal tube, the LMA doesn't reach down past the vocal cords.
And it made a HUGE difference in how I felt afterwards - no hoarseness and no sore throat!
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Dale Leopold is a bilingual (English and Spanish) voice actor who lives near Richmond, VA. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Dale was an "embassy brat" who grew up all over Latin America, and spent 20 years in IT before turning to voice acting. His client list includes Sesame Workshop, Rosetta Stone, Telemundo, Dutch Docklands and Kaiser Permanente. When not behind the microphone, Dale can be seen on the Richmond stage, and has appeared onscreen in the AMC series Turn.
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