During a laryngopharyngectomy, the larynx and
pharynx are removed. A tracheostomy is used so that the patient can breathe.
- Removal of
pharynx and larynx
Treated with a Laryngopharyngectomy:
A laryngopharyngectomy may be performed in cases of
hypopharyngeal carcinoma and nasopharyngeal cancer.
There are no non-surgical alternatives to a
laryngopharyngectomy. Surgical alternatives to the procedure include
laryngectomy and pharyngectomy.
with a Laryngopharyngectomy:
A laryngopharyngectomy is performed under general
anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware
during the procedure.
Complications from a Laryngopharyngectomy:
Possible risks following a laryngopharyngectomy
include infection, bleeding, loss of normal speech, gastrostomy, rupture of the
carotid artery, nerve damage, aspiration of fluid into lungs, pharyngeal
narrowing and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to
experience difficulty moving the neck, pharyngoutaneous fistula and temporary
inability to swallow.
after a Laryngopharyngectomy:
The prognosis for a positive end result following a
laryngopharyngectomy is good. However, the success rate is lower for