Laryngectomy

This is surgery to remove the larynx, more commonly known as the voice box. In some cases, a partial laryngectomy may be possible.

  • Call Your Doctor

    It is important for you to monitor your recovery after you leave the hospital. Alert your doctor to any problems right away. If any of the following occur, call your doctor:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the incision site
    • Persistent nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medications you were given
    • Pain that you cannot control with the medications you were given
    • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Difficulty eating
    • Headache, muscle aches, or lightheadedness
    • Tracheostoma is getting smaller
    • Saliva is leaking through your incision
    • New, unexplained symptoms

    If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition


    This is surgery to remove the larynx, more commonly known as the voice box. In some cases, a partial laryngectomy may be possible.

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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure


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

  • Possible Complications

    Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:

    • Infection
    • Breathing difficulties
    • Excessive swelling or bleeding
    • Opening of the incision or poor wound healing
    • Injury to the trachea, also known as the windpipe, or esophagus
    • Blood clots
    • Anesthesia-related problems
    • Saliva leaking out to the skin
    • Inability to speak or aphonia
    • Cancer occurs again

    Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

    • Pre-existing medical condition
    • Increased 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.