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Postoperative Care of Injection Laryngoplasty

These are general guidelines only. Your case may be different. If your physician has given you specific instructions, please follow them.


Injection laryngoplasty is a surgical procedure to move a paralyzed or weak vocal fold (cord) closer to the center of the larynx in order to improve the voice. This is accomplished by injecting a substance into the vocal fold.

Routine Instructions


  • No vocal restrictions.
  • No coughing, heavy lifting, or straining until instructed by your surgeon.


  • Eat lightly at first and avoid hard and crunchy foods.
  • Eat slowly and avoid choking or coughing.
  • Maintain your anti-reflux diet.
  • Stay well-hydrated.


  • Go back to your prior medication unless otherwise told by your physician.
  • Continue to take your reflux medications.
  • Tylenol® may be taken as needed for pain.
  • Robitussin DM or Mucinex DM may be taken to help suppress a cough.
  • Do not drink alcohol, take tranquilizers, sleeping medication, or any non-prescription medication unless approved by your surgeon.

Contact Your Physician If You Have

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Uncontrollable cough
  • A fever of 101 degrees (by mouth) or higher
  • Chest discomfort
  • Severe trouble swallowing
  • Redness, swelling, or drainage from your incision

For Questions or Emergency Care
Call the office at 601-984-5160. You may need to speak with the doctor on-call.

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