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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Vocal Cord Surgery: The Picture

This was the picture that Hallie's ENT gave us after the surgery yesterday.  What you are looking at is a magnified image of her vocal folds (taken via the camera attached to the scope).  You will note that there is a bubbly area that is white---that's some of the material that Dr. Z injected to 'bulk' Hallie's paralyzed fold (which is on the left--it's the one that looks a bit irritated).

In case you are interested in learning more about normal and abnormal laryngeal function and vocal folds, you can check out this website.

Hallie's voice today is still hoarse but definitely louder than it had been prior to surgery.  It's nice to hear her more easily.  I'll try to capture a video/audio of Hallie reading or something and will post that soon.


Lydia said...

VERY cool picture and glad Hallie's doing well!

Amanda K said...

When Charlotte had her first bronch done, the ENT came out of the OR, showed us a picture (like the one you have) and said, "As you can see, her vocal cord is paralyzed."

I was like, Uhh, no, I cannot see that. Thank you very much. But I appreciate you over estimating my intelligence.

Congrats on the good news. Wishing her a long time before seeing an OR again :)

Sarah said...

So, the cords are actually the 'white' lining around the hole, and the paralyzed one - is it smaller because it's atrophied?

Regardless, very cool that you've seen such immediate improvement.

Robin Elizabeth said...

Gald to hear that all went well and hopefully this does the trick!