The Doctors welcome “Today” anchor Sheinelle Jones who underwent vocal cord surgery that left her in silence for 3 weeks.
Soon after beginning her hosting job on the beloved morning show, Sheinelle found herself having to clear her throat often and her voice sounded hoarse. After seeing an ENT, she discovered she had vocal polyps and was faced with possibly losing her voice altogether. The "Today" anchor had surgery earlier this year, and we are happy to share it was a success. Sheinelle joins Dr. Ian Smith to discuss her surgery and recovery.
Initially, Sheinelle tried to avoid having surgery with therapy and vocal exercises multiple times a week, but she explains it began affecting her work in a way that did not feel sustainable. "My voice is what I do," Sheinelle says, sharing while the long-term risks associated with the surgery were minimal she still worried about possibly losing her voice or having it drastically altered.
Once having the surgery she took the recuperating orders very seriously and did not speak for 3 weeks, she even used a memo board, note cards, and apps on her phone to communicate, even with her husband and children.
"I think that it bonded us in a way that we didn't expect because when you can't talk you have to listen even more," she says of parenting while not being able to express herself vocally. Sheinelle says being forced to be silent and only communicate non-verbally helped change her parenting style and she now finds herself listening much more and interrupting and yelling much less.
Find out more (in the video below) about Sheinelle's vocal cord surgery from ENT and voice disorder specialist Dr. Rosemary Desloge, who says that leaving a vocal polyp untreated could cause someone's voice to seriously deteriorate.