Vocal cord augmentation is a procedure used to treat glottis insufficiency, a condition that prevents the vocal cords from closing fully, leading to a weak or quiet voice. There are two types of vocal cord augmentation – injection laryngoplasty (IT) and medialisation thyroplasty (MT).
IT is a temporary treatment that involves injecting the vocal cords with a filler of hyaluronic acid or calcium hydroxylapatite. This is typically tried first in order to determine how much augmentation improves the voice; other times, the temporary solution is all that is needed for long-term results. MT is a permanent treatment that involves a surgical placement of implants into the vocal folds.
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