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.
The doctor may recommend the following:
A thorough physical exam and routine tests
Fasting for 8 to 10 hours prior to the surgery
Stopping blood thinners, at least 10 days before the surgery
Strictly stop smoking and alcohol, at least a week before the surgery
Consulting a speech therapist to prepare for post-op
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.
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