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Vocal Cord Paralysis in Long Island, NY

Changes in your voice combined with problems swallowing and breathing may indicate vocal cord paralysis, a condition that can be treated. For residents in Long Island, Queens and surrounding communities in New York, Eunice E. Park, MD, is a dual board-certified facial plastic surgeon and ear, nose, and throat (otolaryngology) specialist who offers diagnostic and treatment services for vocal cord paralysis.

What is Vocal Cord Paralysis?

Like other types of paralysis, vocal cord paralysis involves a disruption of nerve signals to the vocal cord, also known as the “vocal fold.” Vocal cord paralysis may be caused by:

  • Damage caused during surgery
  • Trauma to the neck and/or vocal cord
  • Tumors
  • Viruses

In about half the cases, the cause of vocal cord paralysis cannot be determined.

The primary nerve that is affected is the recurrent laryngeal nerve, which is responsible for nerve signals between the muscles of the voice box, or larynx. When the nerve does not function properly, the muscles cannot work in unison to create the voice sound.

Benefits of Treatment for Vocal Cord Paralysis

Vocal cord paralysis may resolve without treatment. If Dr. Park determines that treatment is necessary, the goal will be to either retrain the muscles or remedy the anatomical abnormality.

What are the Common Symptoms of Vocal Cord Paralysis?

You may have vocal cord paralysis if you experience:

  • Problems breathing or swallowing
  • Needing to use additional effort to speak
  • Hoarseness
  • A “breathy” voice in which you have more sound of air versus your voice

How is Vocal Cord Paralysis Diagnosed and Treated?

Physical examination and a review of your symptoms is the first diagnostic test. Dr. Park may also recommend a laryngeal electromyograph to measures the nerve signals to the voice box muscles. You may also need X-rays and bloodwork.

Treatment may involve physical therapy to strengthen the muscles or surgery to enhance the vocal folds (i.e., vocal cord). Dr. Park uses the most conservative approach first. If the symptoms do not improve, she may then recommend surgery. After the surgery, you may need physical therapy to improve muscle function.

How Much Does Treatment for Vocal Cord Paralysis Cost in Long Island, NY?

After your consultation, we provide an estimated out-of-pocket cost for your vocal cord paralysis treatment. We will also review the anticipated coverage by your medical insurance. This coverage may vary based on the determination by your insurance carrier. For your portion of the cost, we offer several payment options, including cash, check, and major credit cards.

Changes in your voice and needing to use more effort to speak may indicate vocal cord paralysis. For residents of Long Island, Queens and surrounding communities in New York who have symptoms of this condition, contact us today to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Eunice E. Park, an ENT specialist who diagnoses and treats vocal cord paralysis.