Surgery Can Help Voice Disorder Sufferers Achieve Better Voice Production
Is it possible to achieve better voice production when living with a voice disorder? Laryngeal framework surgery and augmentation may be the answer.
What is Laryngeal Framework Surgery & Augmentation?
Laryngeal framework surgery, also known as thyroplasty, can help patients with voice disorders from vocal fold paresis, vocal fold paralysis, or tissue loss achieve better voice production. At Ear, Nose, Throat and Plastic Surgery Associates we offer laryngeal framework surgery and augmentation which improves vocal fold closure and voice production.
What Happens During Laryngeal Framework Surgery?
Laryngeal framework surgery is a form of phonosurgery in which your surgeon alters the cartilage framework of the voice box (larynx). The purpose of the procedure is to reposition and/or contour the vocal folds to allow them to close properly in order to vibrate better during speaking or singing. The result is a stronger voice without hindering the passage of air for breathing.
Types of Laryngeal Framework Surgical Procedures
Depending on the voice disorder, different surgical procedures are performed to correct different voice issues. These are used to improved vocal fold vibration which allows for stronger voice production. Some of the treatments include:
- Medialization thyroplasty/laryngoplasty is performed through a hole in the thyroid cartilage to provide support to a vocal fold.
- Arytenoid repositioning helps patients manage posterior glottic competence due to laryngeal paralysis.
- Crico-thyroid repositioning opens the airway where it is obstructed at or above the larynx.
Benefits of Laryngeal Framework Surgery
As opposed to other techniques, laryngeal framework surgery provides several benefits to patients including:
- No anesthesia is used.
- The patient is awake which allows for intraoperative adjustments and better results.
- The procedure does not hinder passage of air for breathing.
After Laryngeal Framework Surgery
After the procedure, patients will stay overnight for observation. The surgeon will develop a pain management plan and the patient will be prescribed intravenous steroids. A follow up visit is scheduled for two to four weeks after surgery.
Some patients, who require laryngeal framework surgery, may also benefit from postsurgical voice therapy to achieve optimal vocal fold function and voice.
If you have any questions or concerns about voice problems, call 407.644.4883 or click here to schedule an appointment.