Friday, December 14, 2012

Left Vocal Cord Paralysis

After recovering from injury due to a car accident I suffered hoarseness of voice that resulted to left vocal cord paralysis. It's almost 18 years since then that my left vocal cord paralysis still subsis. How can it be treated ? How can I regain my nice voice which I used as an announcer and singer? Please help me. 

Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies...
While there is no treatment to restore motion to a paralyzed vocal cord, there are a number of treatment options to address the symptoms of the paralysis - breathy, rough vocal quality with poor volume/ projection, and in some cases, swallowing difficulty. Surgical approaches to treatment include injection medialization, which is the injection of a filler material into the paralyzed cord (e.g., Radiesse) to achieve improved closure of the vocal cords, or medialization laryngoplasty, a procedure in which an implant is placed on the side of the paralysis to push the affected cord closer to midline. Both procedures are performed commonly by laryngologists (Ear, Nose, and Throat physicians who specialize in the treatment of voice disorders), and can greatly improve vocal quality and efficiency in someone with a paralyzed vocal cord. A more conservative approach would be to try to improve symptoms in voice therapy with a speech pathologist.

Good luck to you!

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