A surgical procedure performed to push a paralyzed, atrophied, or scarred vocal cord toward the other vocal cord and reduce flaccidity. A medialization laryngoplasty is typically performed under sedation and local (not general) anesthesia, on an outpatient basis.
Patient with vocal cord paralysis, BEFORE medialization laryngoplasty:
Same patient, one week AFTER medialization laryngoplasty:
Injection Medialization for Vocal Cord Paresis
See an example of one variant of vocal cord paresis and how it limits the voice. Then watch a medialization procedure in which voice gel is injected into the vocal cord affected by paresis, and hear how the voice thereafter improves.