July 11, 2009 at 06:21 PM EDT

Rachael Ray underwent non-invasive surgery last week to remove a benign cyst from her vocal cord, People.com reports exclusively. “The hardest part for Rachael is going to be giving her voice a rest for the next week or so,” said a spokesperson for the perky talk-show host and Food Network star. Last December, Ray had called off a similar procedure and attempted to solve the problem through vocal therapy.

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