Dr Marina Mat Baki
PhD Student of Prof. Martin Birchall
Laryngeal Re-innervation Versus Type I Thyroplasty
Vibration of two vocal cords in the
voice box produces voice. One sided weakness of the voice box is called
Unilateral Vocal Cord Paralysis (UVCP). It is due to injury to the nerve that controls
its movement. Patients with UVCP have weak voice and maybe swallowing problems
which may cause lungs infection. They have problems in communicating with
friends, colleagues and customers which may affect their lives and jobs.
Therefore, restoring a strong voice is very important. The way to treat this
problem is by doing an operation. The two most promising operations are nerve
rewiring (re-innervation) and thyroplasty. Both types of operations have their
own advantages and disadvantages.
We do not know which of these methods is better. There are no published studies to compare these two operations so far. Therefore, this study is important to find out the best treatment to patients having this problem.
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