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What is Laryngectomy?

This is surgery to remove the larynx (voice box). This is usually done to treat cancer . Depending on the extent of the cancer, a partial laryngectomy may be possible.

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Laryngectomy is done to treat cancer of the larynx. This surgery may also be done to treat damage of the larynx due to trauma .

Possible Complications

If you are planning to have laryngectomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Infection
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Excessive swelling or bleeding
  • Injury to the trachea (windpipe) or esophagus
  • Blood clots
  • Anesthesia-related problems
  • Saliva leaking out to the skin (saliva fistula)
  • Inability to speak or aphonia
  • Cancer occurs again

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Pre-existing medical condition
  • Advanced age
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Previous surgical procedure to the larynx
  • Prior radiation or chemotherapy
  • Poor nutrition
  • Diabetes

Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the surgery.

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