Total laryngectomy due to a non-functional larynx

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  • uploaded November 16, 2022

In this video we will show a total laryngectomy due to a non-functional larynx. The patient had a history of treatment with chemoradiotherapy for a larynx cancer more than 10 years ago, and a hemiglossectomy, bilateral neck dissection and ALT free-flap reconstruction 5 years ago for a tongue cancer. 

The current symptoms are: severe dysphagia with aspirations, and even after placing a PEG tube for feeding, the patient continued to have a pneumonia every month only due to aspiration of saliva. 

The final decision was to perform a total laryngectomy. The neck was very fibrotic due to the previous treatments. Moreover, the patient had a granuloma at the anterior commissure for the past 3 years, which was non-tumoral.

We performed a separate incision from the tracheostomy, and we closed the pharynx with an endo GIA stapler.

 

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