Ahem…about my throat procedure

Thanks to everyone for all their kind words. I’m fine!!!! And happy to have an excuse to be quiet for a few days. My doctors feel I’ll be okay to chat it up again by week’s end. I feel guilty for all the lovely flowers and notes I have been getting – I was back in the kitchen cooking three hours after the procedure. Thanks again!


A word from Rachael’s doctor:

“On July 7th, Rachael Ray had a ambulatory procedure to remove a small benign cyst from her vocal cord,” said Dr. Gwen S. Korovin who performed the procedure. “The non-invasive procedure took less than an hour and required absolutely no stitches. The recovery process requires a short period of complete vocal rest. The successful procedure will now prevent Rachael from experiencing the vocal issues she has had in the past.”

171 Responses to “Ahem…about my throat procedure”

  1. shanna says:

    I read about your surgery online the other day. I’ve known others to have the same surgery, so I wasn’t too worried about your health, you’re a strong woman I knew you’d recover quickly!
    I’ve been a huge fan of you and your shows since catching you on food network years ago. I was more shocked to read in the article that you would be turning 41 this month? Seriously?? You don’t look to be anywhere near 41!!
    Best of luck with the recovery! You are an inspiration to so many!!

  2. B. Flores says:

    Hey Rachel: I am very sorry to hear that you have been sick. I am grateful to God that all is fine and my prayers are with you. My God is an awesome God!!!

  3. Sue from Bothell says:

    Often around Christmas time, I can get a croupy cold that ends up in laryngitis. I joke that is God’s gift to my husband. I can be very chatty.

    So glad to hear you are recovering so quickly. We would miss the voice and the person.

  4. Carolyn Couch says:

    Like all the other fans, I don’t think anyone will mind if we get re-runs for a couple weeks. I am a great grandma now and just retired 7-11-08 and started watching your show this year. I have been single for many years and frankly had forgotten how to cook. Your show is a learning experience everyday. My grandmother was a chief and now one of my grandsons is too. Get well soon.
    Gr.Grandma Carolyn

  5. Lesley says:

    This is wonderful news all around! The fact that you corrected your problem and the fact that it is over and you are feeling so well!! I am doing the Happy Dance! Let’s hope you will not be bothered by stained vocal cords again… but you will have to make some serious changes in your life style. I hope you realize the importance of taking care of yourself. We need your voice – to guide us in the kitchen – so pay attention to your vocal cords and give them a rest when they demand one!

    Rach, you RoCk!!

  6. Gloria Turner says:

    Glad to hear you had the surgery and all went well. Your recovery sure is quick. Get plenty of rest so your throat and body can heal.

  7. NeO Hernandez says:

    I hope that you are fine now… but basically when I have cough or throat problems I go to a chinese drugstore and buy a bottle of “Pei Pa Koa,” a chinese syrup with herbs that can soothe your throat and still make your voice soft and sweet… Most used by some of the singers here in the Philippines. :)

  8. sierra says:

    im sorry to hear about your throat. im glad it was benign. im 13 and i love your show it inspired me to fallow my dream to be a chef. i’ve been cooking since i was 18 months old. i love to create and make up my own resapease(?)again im glad it was benign

  9. sierra says:

    im sorry to hear about your throat. im glad it was benign. im 13 and i love your show it inspired me to fallow my dream to be a chef. i’ve been cooking since i was 18 months old. i love to create and make up my own reciepes. again im glad it was benign

  10. Heather says:

    Glad to hear the procedure went well. Get lots of rest. Can’t wait to hear what you sound like now. It will take some getting used to since we’re all used to the raspy voice. Hopefully this will put an end to all the negative comments you were getting in the tabloids. Love and hugs.

  11. Barbara Burns R.N. says:

    Dear Rach,
    I have enjoyed all 3 of your shows (The Rachel Ray show, 30 min meals and that traveling one). Like everyone that gets to “know you” I love your kind and funny nature while you give great and informative info/advice. I wish you a speedy recovery and was curious if you could mention on the show or here how you came to find the cyst as it may help others…( I was wondering if it was from someone here who seemed very concerned for you and you mentioned your voice was always like it is and it was nothing serious) By the way hope you keep some of that sexy raspy Marlo Thomas like voice! You and Oprah have the greatest jobs! Doing what you love and get to meet all those celebs! I am so jealous! Seriously take care! Do what the Doc and nurses tell you to do and you are sure to have a successful recovery.
    Love ya,
    P.S. Love when you have John on …your such a cute couple!

  12. Karlyn says:

    Thanks for the update. Stay out of the kitchen and get COMPLETE rest. John will do the cooking for a while and I’m sure Mom has been by and will help alot, Moms and Mom in Laws are good for that. Prayers are with you, speedy recovery.

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  14. Michelle says:

    Hi Rachael,

    Glsd to hear you are doing well. Take care and get better soon.

  15. Angie says:

    Glad to hear you are doing well. Don’t rush the recovery. Take your time and play with your dog (silently)of course. Always enjoy your show so take it easy and know we are all praying for your continued success and being back to 100 percent soon.

  16. Karen says:

    I’ll be praying for a speedy, successful recovery for you! I appreciate all that you do – enjoy this down time. :) I look forward to many more years of being inspired to cook by you!

    Hugs and prayers,


  17. Scribble says:

    Hey, Rach,
    Glad to hear your procedure went so well. Hope you learned some sign language beforehand, although your hands already seem to communicate really well.
    Rest, get well soon, but don’t rush it.
    Love you with our without a raspy voice.

  18. Kathie says:

    So glad to hear your procedure went well. I love your cooking show on Food Net Work and your Rachael Ray Show. Enjoy the time of rest and come back with new recipes. I’ve been watching your shows since I was in the hospital in early 2008. It was the only show that kept me awake long enough to enjoy. I’ve started a notebook of some your recipes. My husband loves to be the test subject of your recipes. Take care and God bless,

  19. Danielle says:

    Hi Rachael-

    Sounds like you got to have some rest this summer. I am happy you are feeling so great!

    I am excited about seeing you on QVC on Aug 2 – to get the sneak peek at all your new products which I am waiting to be in stock. I already have a list. But what is equally exciting is that we get to a sneak peek at hearing your new voice before season 4 of the RR Show!!

    I will be watching on Aug 2!!!

    Keep getting better and better everyday!
    You are a rock star!


  20. Cindy says:

    Dear Rach,

    So sorry to hear about your throat. So glad to hear it wasn’t cancer. I hope all goes well for you.

    I LOVE your show. You are so fun to watch. You make cooking fun as it should be. I just wish you baked. I have some quick and REAL EASY recipes and they taste GOOD! If you would like I would send some of them to you. I PROMISE they are EASY!!!

  21. Bruce Houdek says:

    glad your ok and that you recovered so fast, i would miss that lovely voice.

  22. Sherri Bender says:

    Praying you’ll be good as new when you return to work. Hope John doesn’t mind you being “quiet”. Love and prayers, Sherri Bender (PA)

  23. elarockell says:

    Hey Rachael,

    Stop Cooking!!!! No need to be, you have a hubby and and a great family to serve you. Just relax, watch TV and have fun with your cute dog. You don’t need to be up and cooking, we know you work hard enough. So just take it easy and feel well!!

  24. arabian girl says:

    I love uuuuuuuuuuu Rach!

  25. ilovebradpaisleyadrachaelray says:

    get well soon rach.

  26. rachmi says:

    wish you well rachael

  27. Meghan says:

    Hi Rachael!

    So it’s Friday today! Are you able to talk yet? And the big question: Do you like your new voice , if it has changed any? I hope your down time did your whole body good!

    Keep getting well and remember to take time out to Rest and give yourself some quiet time everyday! Especially once the new RR Show gets going again!

    You are AMAZING!

  28. Donna says:

    I am glad your procedure went well and pray that you have no more problems.

    I am also wanting to ask how do I find the recipe you did on todays show for: “Bow Tie Pasta with Squash” that looks like mac and cheese. Today I think is 7-17-09


  29. Jeanne C. says:

    Looking forward to your return to the air. My 25 year old son got me tuned in to your show, and I love it. He loves to cook, and “wings it” alot with recipies, like I suspect you do(funny, he just started his flight lessons). Rest and be better soon.

  30. ilovebradpaisleyadrachaelray says:

    hi rachael.i also wanted to know if your voice changed at all.i love you.

  31. ilovebradpaisleyadrachaelray says:

    i can’t wait for season 4 to start!

  32. Mexico! says:

    Dearest Rach,
    It is so good to hear that everything went ok i am very sure that you will recover very fast.

    God Bless you!!! many hughs and kisses to you :)


  33. Teresa Vine says:

    You are a wonderful human being and I admire you very much. You are the kind of person that I hope I am. You are lucky to have the Mom you have and you are so inspiring to so many. I am very happy that you have your throat issue fixed. I am also happy that you help so many pets with your site. I have a Canine Assistant and she is such a blessing, very spoiled but a wonderful friend. Keep up the good things you do to help so many.

  34. ilovebradpaisleyadrachaelray says:

    i love you rach.

  35. Glad to hear that you finally had your throat taken care of and that all is well. My mom and i watch you regularly and was concerned about your throat, glad to hear it went well. God Bless you and your family.

  36. Mike says:


    I just had my third surgery to remove a growth from my vocal cord just like you did last week. I was fortunate the first few times that my test results came back clean. Unfortunately, the biopsy from my third surgery came back showing throat cancer. Fortunately for me the cancer is in its earliest stages and it is curable. I wish you all of the best with your recovery. I am glad that everything worked out well for you.

  37. Tracy says:

    Glad to hear no cancer. I was not so fortunate, in 03′ in was diagnosed with Stage 4 inoperable throat cancer. I was not given a very good prognosis to say the least. But at the time I had a 8 month old baby girl who needed her Mom. I under went chemo and radiation. The side effects are awful. I have very little saliva (which means I don’t eat like I used to)and have a build up of scar tissue on my neck and jaw muscles and now I have dental problems and many more.But, I fought and I survived much to all my doctors dismay and I am in remission now. But the best thing is I get to be a Mommy to my little girl who just turn 7 this past Saturday. God Bless and Take Care.

  38. ElizabethSJones says:

    Dearest Rach, I was truly disturbed to read in our local paper that you had already had “throat surgery.” I am thankful that prayers have been answered and that you are doing so well! Back into the kitchen after 3 HOURS? No wonder everything I have made from my BOB tastes so good; you are one dedicated cook … and such an inspiration!

  39. nina says:

    hi rachael,
    sorry you had to have the surgery, but you will be better soon and talk a lot again, haha
    I love your show, you are the only one who made me think of cooking and not just think. I actually started to follow your recipes and surprising my husband. Our fav was the asian keshew chicken.
    thank you for making cooking exciting for me. I am sure you have inspired a lot of women. your banana chocolite chip bread is in the oven right now.

  40. Rachael, is it true (probably isn’t) that you are
    undergoing radiation treatments on your throat?
    I noticed a story in the National Enquirer yesterday which said you were. Just thought I’d go straight
    to the source for the truth! BTW, will you ever
    bring Isaboo or your Mom on the show…they’re
    probably very proud of ya!

  41. Debbie Stornelli says:

    Rachael, I am soo glad you had that procedure done and I hope and pray for your recovery. Don’t rush the talking. We want our Rach back in good shape. Just to let you know, I have been buying Nutrish for my shepard mix who is almost two years old and he loves it. He won’t eat anything else. Debbie

  42. diana blemmel says:

    Rachael, I’m currently going thru the same procedure’s you are. My first surgery was May 18th and the CANCER is in my cords as well as my vocal box. I started my radation treatment’s 3 weeks ago I have 4 weeks to go. I’m at the no talking stage and solid food is out of the question right now. I wish you the best with everything you will face getting thru this. I will be following your story as I live my own…..GOD BLESS YOU!!!! I love the show…show me what I can do with a blender hahaha

  43. maryam says:

    hello rachael , i can’t stand hearing you had a surgery
    i am a huge fan of you and my heat’s broken now. but i hope you get very well and wish the best for you.

  44. Denise says:

    Hi Rach
    So glad to hear you are doing well. I was told I have polyps on my vocal chords and tried the voice therapy also. I am curious to know the name of the procedure you had and if you actually have your normal voice back. My voice has been strained for over 1 1/2 yrs. It’s actually tiring to talk and I really miss being able to sing. Most anxious to hear of your progress. Take care of yourself before anything – those 1st two weeks are most critical not to scar your vocal chord. My prayers are with you and can’t wait to hear your new improved voice. Keep smiling!!!

  45. ilovebradpaisleyadrachaelray says:

    so glad it went ok.

  46. Durosola says:

    Congratulations on your successful surgery, Rachael! I’m an aspiring teen chef and you’re my favorite TV personality and I can’t wait to see more recipes of your’s! Get well soon!


  47. Milly says:

    Hey Rach
    I will miss ur raspy voice nowing that i have one also but it is just heretitary for me i use to hate it but it kinda grew on me lol hope all is well get plenty of rest and take care and ty for all the inspiration we love u for it keep smiling :)
    Milly cleveland

  48. MabelandMe says:

    Hey Rach! Great job on QVC this morning!! And your voice… It is Velvet!!! You sound like you did 10 years ago on 40 dollars a day!! I am so happy for you!! Now do everything right and pamper those cords when they need it. It has to feel better to talk without all the throat strain!!! You look amazing!

    And your new products…. I Love them all- thank goodness Christmas is coming… that’s all I’m saying!!

    Congrats on the voice and keep creating your brilliance!!
    Love you, mean it!

  49. Carmen says:

    hi Rach glad you’re doing good , keep taking care of yourself and rest, I just would like to tell you that I’m watching your show today and wanted to give you a tip about the Human Lab, I’m an Avon Representative and there is a facial cream that Avon sells that it work very well, maybe some of the viewers would like to tried, I’ve and it works, I’ve done in my mustache and it removes it completely, it’s easy, cheap and lasts about two weeks or more I guess depending on how much facial hair you have. The cream is called Skin So Soft Facial cream remover, if anyone is interested they can contact me at 415-240-9806, or go directly to the Avon website. Thank you for allowing to write to you, and again I’m glad you’re doing good after your surgery.

  50. Laura says:

    Hey Rach!!!

    Your new voice is ROCK STAR Perfect!!!!


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