Velopharyngeal (VPI) Surgery
VPI Surgery Objectives
- To close the space at the back of throat and avoid air escape through the nose
- To gain a normal speech development.
- To avoid breathing problems such as obstructive sleep apnea.
State of the Art Techniques
Dr. Gargano evaluates VPI with a speech therapist and then will perform a nasoendoscopy. Depending on the anatomical defect will perform either a pharygeoplasty (sphincter tightening) procedure or pharyngeal flap procedure. These procedures allow for proper closure when necessary during speech but still allow for adequate nasal airflow.
Is VPI surgery always necessary?
No, generally with palate surgery speech is corrected. Only if air escape is present it is necessary to perform corrective VPI surgery
How do I know which procedure to have?
It will depend from the anatomic problem. Speech assessment and nasoendoscopy will determine which surgery is indicated.
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Midtown Office: 22 West 48th Street
(Suite 300) New York, NY 10036
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New York, New York, NY 10075