A Thyroplasty is a procedure performed to help correct vocal cord weakness. Patients with vocal cord weakness may have a weak, breathy voice, and speaking may require considerable effort. Because the vocal folds cannot close completely during swallowing, the patient may also experience coughing and choking while eating or drinking.
Thyroplasty is a complicated procedure in which the surgeon places an implant in the larynx. The larynx is the voice box. Once the vocal cords are in contact with each other, the vocal quality is improved. The procedure requires almost 1-2 hours to conclude. After that, the patient is taken to the recovery room for observation and then admitted over the night to observe the airway. The patient gets discharged from the hospital the following day.