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Rachael Ray Undergoes Vocal Cord Surgery

07/10/2009 at 03:45 PM EDT

Rachael Ray Undergoes Vocal Cord Surgery
Rachael Ray
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Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray, who has been battling trouble with her vocal cords since last year, had surgery to correct the problem last week, her rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.

"After several months of vocal therapy and on the advice of her doctors, Rachael decided to have a benign cyst removed from her vocal cord," says Charlie Dougiello. "According to Rachael's doctors the minor, non-invasive procedure was a success and she is already resting at home."

The TV chef and talk show host, who is known for being upbeat and outspoken, had previously scheduled surgery to remove the cyst and then cancelled the procedure and instead began intensive vocal therapy.

Now, "the hardest part for Rachael is going to be giving her voice a rest for the next week or so," says her rep.


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