The vocal cords are two bands of smooth muscular tissue located in the voice box. They are responsible for producing the voice using the muscles' vibrations. Once these cords vibrate, the air from the lungs passes through them to produce sound. But sometimes, these cords can be damaged usually due to vocal abuse or excessive use of the voice.
There are different kinds of vocal cord disorders with laryngitis, vocal nodules, polyps, and vocal cord paralysis being the most common. Some of these disorders are considered mild and can be treated with non-surgical methods. However, vocal nodules and polyps, which are noncancerous growths, are removed through surgical procedures.
Patients seeking world-class but affordable treatment for their vocal cords disorders may consider traveling to Southeast Asia. This is a great option for patients from the West where the cost of treatment is extremely high as well as for patients in less developed countries where advanced medical treatment is not widely accessible.
The best medical tourism destinations in Southeast Asia are Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia. These countries offer medical tourists up to 50-70% savings of what they would spend if they travel to the United States or United Kingdom for treatment. International patients in Southeast Asia also enjoy additional savings because of the lower standard of living in the region; they do not have to burn a hole in their pocket to stay in a nice hotel for a prolonged period or dine in five-star international restaurants.
Despite the lower cost, the quality of medical care in Southeast Asia is on par with Western countries. This is because hospitals in Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia, particularly those that are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) and International Standards Organisation (ISO), use the same facilities, equipment, and methods as their Western counterparts.