Laryngoplasty is a term used to describe a set of different procedures designed to alter the voice box in order to change or improve the voice.

The concept of laryngoplasty has been around for decades, but the techniques have only been perfected in the last 10-20 years.

Improvements in technology and methods have allowed laryngoplasty to become less complicated and more reliable.

Today, laryngoplasty is used relatively commonly to help patients with certain types of voice disorders and feminization or masculinization of voice (Voice Change).

What types of voice disorders may benefit from laryngoplasty?

The most common reason for performing laryngoplasty is for weak or paralyzed vocal cords. Such patients have weak or breathy voices, and may have trouble swallowing.

Laryngoplasty, while it does not restore function to the vocal cords, repositions them to allow the voice to return.

Another common reason for performing laryngoplasty is to restore bulk to thin or bowed vocal cords. Patients with bowed vocal cords are typically older individuals with weak voices. They may have trouble speaking in a noisy environment or may tire after speaking awhile.

Laryngoplasty may also be used in a number of special situations that your doctor may discuss with you. These may include problems such as spasmodic dysphonia, vocal cord scarring, or vocal cord fixation.

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