Transoral silastic medialization for unilateral vocal fold paralysis.
BACKGROUNDMedialization laryngoplasty has historically been performed through an external approach. The aim of our work is to demonstrate the feasibility of silastic vocal fold medialization transorally.
METHODSPatients with unilateral vocal fold paralysis requiring medialization laryngoplasty were included in this report. Silastic medialization was done through a transoral approach. A supraglottic laryngotomy is performed followed by dissection and tunneling in the paraglottic space. Silastic implant is inserted into the tunnel to medialize the vocal fold and the ipsilateral arytenoid. The laryngotomy is tightly closed by endoscopic sutures.
RESULTSA consecutive series of 22 patients are reported. All patients had dysphonia with significant glottic insufficiency. After endoscopic silastic medialization, voice and swallowing were significantly improved (P < .001). No postoperative complications or implant extrusion occurred in our series.
CONCLUSIONSilastic vocal fold medialization can be safely and effectively performed through a transoral approach with good results on voice and swallowing.
Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Department, Grenoble Alpes University Hospital, Grenoble, France.,
Colombia Asia Referral Hospital, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Northern Light Health Medical Center, Bangor, Maine.
Pub Type(s)Journal Article