Office-based transoral laryngeal surgery was done initially and routinely in surgeons’ offices in the 19th century. Migration to the operating room in the early 20th century occurred with direct laryngoscopic surgery, which remained anchored to the operating theatre by general anesthesia, the surgical microscope and the carbon dioxide laser. Recent advancements in distal-chip flexible endoscopic technology and fiber-based lasers have allowed for the creation of precise office-based laryngeal laser surgery (Fig. 1). These procedures’ increasing popularity is influenced by socioeconomic forces, which have encouraged minimally invasive office-based surgery.
Keywords: dysphonia, glottic, glottis, laryngoscopy, larynx, laser, vocal cord