A recurrent nerve paresis or paralysis is a partial or total functional loss of the nerve that control vocal fold mobility. Such a disorder may result in hoarseness, swallowing or breathing problems. Most patients suffer from a breathy voice and reduced loadness when one side is affected and the other side remains intact.
About 10,000 times a year in Germany, the diagnosis “Recurrent paralysis” (recurrent paralysis, vocal cord paralysis, vocal cord paralysis) is provided. A proven method to treat the consequences of unilateral recurrent paralysis is vocal fold augmentation. The further development of implants and surgical techniques opened up new possibilities. Recurrent nerve paralysis is a damage of the laryngeal nerves (recurrent nerves) and leads to laryngeal palsy. As a result, the movement of the vocal cord of the affected side is disturbed. As a result, the vocal sound is breathed, quiet and hoarse. In some patients, only the loud voice is affected. Often there is also a swallowing disorder. All of these symptoms of unilateral recurrent paralysis can usually be treated well with a “augmentation” of the paralyzed vocal cord.
Our voice clinic is highly specialized is diagnosing all reasons and effects of RLN problems and offers state-of-art therapeutical options to regain a mostly normal voice function. Patients come from all over the world for phonosurgical treatment, e.g. injection laryngoplasty (augmentation).