Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Coming Soon To A Blogger Near You...

Arytenoid Adduction:
"Sometimes the gap between the vocal folds is too great to be closed with an implant alone. Additionally, a very large gap can significantly impair the swallowing, with liquids frequently going down the "wrong pipe." In these cases, it may be preferable to move the cartilage of the vocal cord as well as placing an implant. This procedure is called an arytenoid adduction, and is done in conjunction with medialization laryngoplasty.

In contrast to just placing an implant (medialization laryngoplasty), repositioning the cartilage (arytenoid adduction) is much more involved because this cartilage is on the back side of the voicebox. The goal of the procedure is to move the vocal cord cartilage into the middle, closing the gap between the vocal cords which contribute to to the voice and swallowing problems "

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I will effectively be out of options if this procedure fails as well. I will also be looking at an early medical retirement (to the Ozarks, baby!)
The retirement part doesn't seem so bad when I stop to think that all of this laboring toward a future has just gotten me treading water anyway. I may be better off claiming my bennies early than waiting longer for them to be cut.

In either event, I'll keep you posted.

6 comments:

Brian said...

Good luck!

Foxfier said...

I'll say a prayer or two. Good luck!

Vanesa Littlecrow W. said...

Best of luck, and thanks for letting me know about the lack of blog entries. I am contacting my webhost to see what the hell happened to the two fairly long articles I posted last night. :(

my name is Amanda said...

My best wishes for success!

John said...

Good Luck

Mr. D said...

Hang in there, my friend. And good luck on this procedure; you've been through quite enough already.