Dr Fauci 'sounds different' after vocal cord polyp removal, Twitter users say

Dr Fauci is back in action, with a new, smoother voice after surgery to remove a polyp from his vocal cord - and Americans are taking note of his new sound. 

Many took to Twitter to express their shock that 'Dr Fauci's voice is so different now!' with some even saying it was nearly unrecognizable. 

America's top infectious disease doctor underwent surgery to remove a benign polyp on his vocal cord on August 20.  

Polyps, small soft tissue lesions, can develop as a result of irritation from allergies, fume exposures, trauma, smoking or, in Dr Fauci's case 'overuse of the voice.' 

As the voice of infectious disease expertise in the US, the 79-year-old coronavirus task force member has been using his a lot since the pandemic came to the US at the beginning of the year. 

After a few days off to recover from the surgery, and rest his voice, Dr Fauci made appearances on Good Morning America and the Today show. 

After surgery to remove a benign polyp from his vocal cord, Dr Anthony Fauci's voice sounded notably less raspy - and Americans noticed

After surgery to remove a benign polyp from his vocal cord, Dr Anthony Fauci's voice sounded notably less raspy - and Americans noticed

Twitter user's comments on how 'different' Dr Fauci sounded when he began making TV appearances again after his surgery

Twitter user's comments on how 'different' Dr Fauci sounded when he began making TV appearances again after his surgery 

One Twitter user thought Dr Fauci's voice was nearly unrecognizable

One Twitter user thought Dr Fauci's voice was nearly unrecognizable 

Polyps as well as nodules the vocal cords can cause chronic hoarseness like most of us only experience on occasion after yelling at a concert or sports match. 

WHAT IS A POLYP AND HOW IS IT CAUSED? 

A polyp is a a small, soft growth or lesion that can appear on a vocal cord. 

When polyps appear on a vocal cord it can cause hoarseness in a person's voice. 

Doctors say it can be caused by 'vocal abuse' and can occur in people who speak for a living or those who are prone to screaming or shouting frequently. 

Polyps can also be caused by long-term exposure to irritants like chemical fumes or cigarette smoke. 

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With the polyp gone, Dr Fauci's gravelly voice seems have smoothed out. 

A few Twitter users even said they missed his signature sound - but were glad he had recovered smoothly. 

The physician told the Today show he'd followed doctors' orders and spent about five days keeping quiet. 

But already, he was back to overdoing it by Monday, and could feel the difference. 

'[There were] a bunch of emergency catastrophic White House-related..."crises," that I had to into animated discussions [for] and I kicked myself after that because it didn't feel 100 percent great like it did after the five days...so I had to back off,' Dr Fauci told the Today show's Sheinelle Jones. 

The 79-year-old had general anesthesia during the procedure on Thursday, August 20 and sent CNN medical correspondent Dr Sanjay Gupta a text message soon after he woke to say he was doing okay.

'Dr Anthony Fauci had an operation today to remove a polyp on his vocal cord. He had general anesthesia and texted me after to let me know he was doing ok,' Gupta tweeted.

'Doctors have advised him to curtail his talking for a while to allow his vocal cords to recover.'

Dr Anthony Fauci underwent surgery on Thursday to remove a polyp from his vocal cord

Fauci had general anesthesia during the procedure and sent CNN medical correspondent Dr Sanjay Gupta a text message soon after to say he was doing okay

Twitter user Ruthie Kessler commented that she missed the signature gravelly tone of Dr Fauci's voice

Twitter user Ruthie Kessler commented that she missed the signature gravelly tone of Dr Fauci's voice 

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WHAT IS A POLYP AND WHAT CAUSES ONE TO DEVELOP? 

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