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Vocal Fold Medialization

Vocal Fold Medialization

Vocal cord weakness or paralysis can be temporary, or permanent. It can result in mild hoarseness, or complete loss of any usable voice. Some patients also experience swallowing problems due to vocal fold paralysis.

Hoarseness and swallowing problems caused by vocal fold weakness or paralysis can be corrected by vocal fold medialization.


What Does Vocal Fold Medialization Involve?

During this procedure, the paralyzed vocal fold is pushed to the middle so that the functioning vocal fold can close, as necessary for normal voice and swallowing.

There are two ways a vocal cord medialization can be performed:

  • Vocal Cord Injection of material.  A Laryngologist injects an implant material into the paralyzed vocal fold – through the neck skin – that adds bulk to the vocal fold and pushes it toward the midline. This can be done as an inpatient or outpatient procedure. We have access to a variety of injectable implant materials that can provide both short-term and long-term correction , depending on the needs of the individual patient .
  • A thyroplasty involves permanently placing an implant through an external incision to move the vocal fold into proper position. This is performed under local anesthesia as an outpatient procedure.