Both voice and hearing are the most important tools in communication, so the loss of voice causes limitations in communication and therefore generates a feeling of incomprehension, social isolation and psychological disorders, a situation in which are patients who have been operated on for cancer of the larynx.
Recovering from a total laryngectomy
Many patients with laryngeal cancer have to undergo a total laryngectomy, ie a removal of the larynx, so they are left without voice, breathing for tracheostomy (can not breathe through the mouth or nose) without smell, that is, is limited.
Thus, the patient is forced to recover from surgery, start your pulmonary rehabilitation and regain her voice, without forgetting that received chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
To recover from a total laryngectomy, they have been used several methods, of which the most common are:
- Esophageal voice: introduce air into the esophagus and "eructarlo" voluntarily to produce sound.
- Artificial Larynx: electronic devices that produce a tinny voice through vibrations.
New technique for retrieving voice
Currently, a new technique for recovering the voice call after a laryngectomy phonatory implantation system valves, which have several advantages over other methods:
- Allow the patient to recover the voice immediately
- The patient can speak fluently, clearly and effectively
- Implantation under local anesthesia and sedation in a short time without hospital stay
It is highly recommended to see a specialist physician in Otolaryngology to undergo the implantation system phonatory valves, especially if the patient fails to properly acquire the voice in the first months after laryngectomy.