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Vocal Cord Surgery To Sing Better
The vocal cord is a short (about 1cm long) band of tissue in the larynx (aka "voice box"). It is paired, so everyone has 2, and they are located just below the "adam's apple." when you breathe, they are separated from each other. When you speak, they come together while your lungs push air (like a bellows or bagpipe) past them, and they vibrate, like a reed ...Read more
Yes and no: If you simply don't like your voice, speech therapy is the first step. If this is not beneficial or if you are hoarse, see an ENT physician for endoscopy and consideration of more aggressive treatment (injection augmentation of the vocal cords, other surgical treatment, etc.). Not all ents treat aggressively for simply not liking your voice, however, and transplant is not feasible at present. ...Read more
Does recurrent laryngeal nerve damage continue to make voice worse over time if surgery declined (but good voice hygiene is practiced)?
Usually not: Usually after recurrent laryngeal nerve injury the voice gets a bit better with time as the "good" vocal cord tries to move over to the "bad" cord. If your voice is getting worse something else might be going in an you should have an ENT doctor take a look. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
ENT first.: Start with a good ENT in your area that has experience treating singers. The ENT can determine the correct diagnosis and treatment, which often includes working with a speech therapist to change any vocal habits that may have led to the problem. Voice rest and lots of fluids are a must! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very rare: Injury to laryngeal nerves are very rare due to current meticulous techniques and done by highly trained professionals. ...Read more
If someone has throat cancer that pushes on there vocal chords, once the cancer is home will their vocal chords heal back to normal? Or will that permenently affect their vocal chords?
Depends: If it is "pushing" on the vocal cores, there is a good chance that function should return. If it involves the nerves or is invading the cords, it may not. Also the treatment- surgery or radiation, may eradicate the tumor but damage the chord in the same spot. ...Read more
Can a polypoid on the vocal cords diminish in size with proper voice rest and speech therapy? I would prefer to avoid surgery, if i know that my singing voice can improve with proper voice rest and speech therapy. I am a professional singer.
Vocal cord polyp: Vocal cord polyps have been observed to resolve with conservative care. Laryngologists with the best microscopes and lasers usually can accomplish excellent clinical results if resection proves necessary. A good speech pathologist should coach you in strategies for voice rest - it's quite difficult! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Substitute teacher. Laryngitis virus 4 times Sept-Jan.
Taught often, voice cracking. Unable to teach for 2 mo. now.
Scopy showed chords not closing completely. Can't make sustained hum, but improving. Pain when speak. How to heal? Fear permanent?
Can thyroid issues (hyperthyroidism/graves) affect the vocal cords? Meaning can it make your vocal cords fatigue more easily while talking? Thank you
Hyperthyroid : Hyperthyroidism itself does not affect your voice. However, if your gland is enlarged and compresses the recurrent laryngeal nerve( the nerve that supplies function to the vocal cords), you could actually have vocal cord paresis(weakness) or paralysis( immobile vocal cord) that affects your voice. See an ENT to do laryngoscopy. ...Read more
Can botox injected into your vocal cords under ga for abductor type dysphonia do longterm damage?
Does saline nebulizer solution treat vocal cord dysfunction? How can I manage VCD when away from nebulizer?
Vocal cord: Yes it may help but It depends on what is causing the VCD. Discuss with your team. ...Read more
Hospitalist said tachycardia hbp& occasional a fib due to paralyzed vocal cord mkng it hard to breathe? Will rod to move over cord help very skeptical
Afib ; htn: Not related to vocal chord issues.Get a more detailed answer ›
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