A procedure during which an implant in paste form, typically a product called Cymetra™, is injected through a needle and into the paralyzed vocal fold. The purpose is twofold. The first is to fatten the vocal fold so that it moves toward the other vocal fold and diminishes the gap between them that is causing the air-wasting dysphonia. The second reason is to fortify the tissue so that the paralyzed fold is less flaccid and can “stand up” to the pressure from the other vocal fold and the air passing between them.
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