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Laryngectomy is a surgical procedure that involves complete or partial removal of the voice box (larynx).
Total Laryngectomy involves removal of the complete larynx. A part of the pharynx may or may not be taken out. Pharynx is the mucous membrane-lined passage between your nasal passages and esophagus. A patient who has had this surgery will need to help with swallowing, breathing and talking.
There are a few less invasive techniques that can help patients depending on the severity of their case. These are: endoscopic (or transoral resection), vertical partial laryngectomy, horizontal or supraglottic partial laryngectomy, and supracricoid partial laryngectomy.
This procedure is suggested by a doctor to
The doctor may recommend the following:
Laryngectomy is a major procedure performed by an experienced head and neck surgeon. It is performed under general anesthesia and may take upto 5 to 7 hours.
After anesthesia is administred, during the procedure,
After the procedure is complete, the patient will not be able to speak. IV Line will be administered to fulfill the nutrition requirement.
The patient can swallow semi-solid food after 2 to 4 days. Generally, the patient is discharged within 7 days.
Regular followups with speech therapist will be required.
Laryngectomy involves the following risks and complications: