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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 48  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 99-104

A brief review of voice restoration following total laryngectomy


Department of ENT and Head and Neck Surgery, Grant Medical College and Sir JJ Group of Hospitals, Byculla, Mumbai, India

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N Deore
Department of ENT and Head and Neck Surgery, Grant Medical College and Sir JJ Group of Hospitals, Byculla, Mumbai
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-509X.75841

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Despite advances in conservative laryngeal surgery and radiotherapy, total laryngectomy still remains the procedure of choice for advanced-stage (UICC T3 and T4) laryngeal carcinoma, around the world. The functional rehabilitation of the laryngectomized patients has been a concern of head and neck surgeons and speech therapists. Significant developments in speech rehabilitation over the past three decades have led to substantial improvements in the quality of life of these patients. The tracheoesophageal (TE) voice prosthesis has become the gold standard in various centers for voice rehabilitation since its introduction in 1980. Successful tracheoesophageal voice restoration in laryngectomy patients can be very rewarding and patients no longer have to live in silence while they await the results of their cancer treatments. They can face the challenges of life with the knowledge that a near normal quality of life is very much possible.In this article, we present a brief review of voice restoration following laryngectomy.






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