Vocal Fold Injection

Also known as: injection laryngoplasty.

What is vocal fold injection?

The vocal folds are a part of the vocal cords that allow for consistent speech. Some vocal folds end up soft and floppy or stiffer and less flexible than they should be. Vocal fold injection is a procedure that can treat these problems and help restore proper speech.
 

What happens during the procedure?

An implant material is injected via syringe into the vocal fold. The material may be a permanent Teflon, or temporary gelfoam, collagen and other materials. The injection may be done with the patient either asleep under general anesthesia or awake.
 

Is any special preparation needed?

The patient may need to avoid food, drink or certain medications before the procedure. 
 

What are the risk factors?

Infection, bleeding, discomfort, breathing problems or a failed outcome from the injection are potential risks of vocal fold injection.

Reviewed by: Yamilet Tirado, MD

This page was last updated on: 7/25/2018 2:23:19 PM

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