Pharyngeal flap surgery is done to treat VPI (velopharyngeal insufficiency), a condition of slight difficulty in breathing, or a nasal sound while speaking. In this surgery, a...
Pharyngeal flap surgery is done to treat VPI (velopharyngeal insufficiency), a condition of slight difficulty in breathing, or a nasal sound while speaking. In this surgery, an amount of muscle tissues are transferred from the throat to the palate to narrow down the excessive space between the oral cavity and the nasal cavity.
Pharyngeal flap surgery effectively corrects the loopholes left behind by cleft palate surgery. It improves the speech and breathing problems of the patients. The success rate o...
Pharyngeal flap surgery effectively corrects the loopholes left behind by cleft palate surgery. It improves the speech and breathing problems of the patients. The success rate of pharyngeal flap surgery is also very high among the skilled surgeons. In many cases, it was noted that patients acquired most of their intelligible sound and faced no problem in breathing.
Steps to take before the surgery
Our doctor at Medanta may run a few tests to ensure you are in optimum health to undergo the surgery, and will thoroughly prepare you for the treatment. Discuss with your doctor about the post-surgery care, medication to be avoided, and diet plan before and after the surgery.
What happens during the procedure?
Before the procedure, a dose of anaesthesia or topical sedation is given and then the surgeon makes small surgical cuts or incisions in the wall of the throat to procure a flap of tissues while still attached from one end. The free end of this flap is attached to the soft palate and creates an extra covering of tissue connecting the palate and the back walls of the throat. This newly added flap of tissue narrows down the space between the palate and the throat, while still providing enough space for the air to pass through the nose for functional breathing.
After the surgery
When the patient is normal, he/she may return to their daily routine. There are no restrictions on physical activity. The patient may notice snoring after the surgery, but the snoring improves as the swelling diminishes.
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