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Successful Correction of Velopharyngeal Stress Incompetence in Musicians Playing Wind Instruments

 
 

Copyright 2017, Mark Alan Wade

Primary Author: Dibbell, D.
Journal Title: Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Date Published: 1979
Language: English
Category: Orofacial Disorders
Key Words: plastic surgery throat stress palate musician wind instrument
Full Citation: Dibbell, David G., Stan Ewanowski and William L. Carter. Successful Correction of Velopharyngeal Stress Incompetence in Musicians Playing Wind Instruments. Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 64, no. 5 (1979): 662-64.
Full Abstract: Two professional musicians who played wind instruments developed velopharyngeal stress incompetence which prevented them from generating the high intraoral pressures required to play their instruments. In both cases, we did a V-Y pushback with a superiorly-based pharyngeal flap. At 1 1/2 and two years postoperatively, both patients remain free of velopharyngeal incompetence and are actively engaged in their musical careers.