Tuesday's scheduled throat surgery for Congressman Chet Edwards has been delayed until January or February. And he must keep quiet.
Edwards has two benign polyps on his throat.
Edwards was seeing a specialist in Nashville, Tennessee, to remove two small growths in his larynx.
The problem has left the Texan hoarse for many months, including during campaign debates.
Doctor Robert Ossaff has recommended Edwards rest his voice for several weeks before the operation -- in order to allow some minor inflammation to subside.
Edwards had hoped to recover while Congress was adjourned. The new session - with Democrats in charge - begins January fourth.
Edwards takes over as chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee overseeing military construction and veterans affairs spending.