A cutting-edge surgical procedure at the University of Wisconsin Hospital has brought back the voice of a Monona man who lost his ability to speak.
"The original surgery was nine years ago this month," said Bill Seitz, a Monona man who battled vocal cord cancer for years.
Nine years ago, parts of his vocal cords were removed because of the cancer. As the years went on, he slowly lost his ability to speak.
"After the surgery, my voice wasn't the same as it was before the surgery," Seitz said. "I was basically down to a whisper, which makes it real difficult to communicate, particularly in sales."
Seitz sells cars at a dealership in Stoughton, which is why he imagined trouble for his career when his voice started going away.
A person's vocal cords are made up of a flexible tissue and work much like a piano string. Vibration causes sound. In Seitz's case, because part of his vocal cords had to be removed, his sound nearly disappeared.