VOICE SURGERY Rehabilitation of Paralyzed Vocal Cord The vocal cords are flexible muscles found in the larynx that play a role in helping you talk, breathe, and swallow. Vocal cord paralysis occurs when you are unable to move your vocal cords. Vocal cord paralysis can be caused by nerve damage, brain disorders, tumors, infections, or injuries, but the root cause is often unknown. Symptoms of vocal cord paralysis include: – Being hoarse – Noisy breathing – Short of breath – Inability to speak loudly – Inability to control pitch – Coughing Treatment options that we offer include: – Voice therapy: uses different vocal exercises to make the vocal cords stronger and give them more breath control. – Surgery: typically uses a laser to make a cut in one vocal cord (for people who have paralysis of both vocal cords). Other surgery options include making the vocal cords closer to each other. – Tracheotomy: a procedure that makes a hole in the front of the neck for a tube. Thyroplasty A thyroplasty is a procedure that changes the position of the vocal cord. It is meant to improve a patient’s voice and his/her ability to cough. Laryngeal Reinnervation Laryngeal reinnervation refers to any number of surgical procedures intended to restore neural connections to the larynx. These neural connections have usually been lost due to some type of trauma. (sourced from https://intermountainhealthcare.org/services/pediatrics/services/rehabilitation/services/vocal-cord-paralysis/) Contact us and schedule an appointment today.