Surgical options for post-laryngectomy Voice Restoration

Surgical options for post-laryngectomy Voice Restoration

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Laryngeal cancer is cancer of the larynx.  If not caught early enough, the only treatment for laryngeal cancer is a laryngectomy, the total or partial removal of the larynx. Although laryngectomy removes the disease,  the patient loses his voice. The resulting disability, handicap, and distress for the patient can be devastating.  Surgical voice restoration has, in recent years, revolutionized rehabilitation for these patients. Principally, three methods have been used to achieve voice rehabilitation in these patients: artificial larynx, esophageal voice, and tracheoesophageal (TEP) voice. This research paper will discuss the effectiveness of these voice rehabilitation techniques. (more…)