How to recover the voice after a cancer of the larynx?

Written by: Dr. Juan García-Valdecasas Bernal
Edited by: Top Doctors®

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.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Juan García-Valdecasas Bernal

Dr. Garcia-Valdecasas Bernal received his doctorate in medicine with outstanding Cum Laude, specializing in Otolaryngology and Pathology Cervicofacial in Granada in 2007. He has worked as a teacher and lecturer of practices at the university level, and as a researcher at the Hospital Universitario San Cecilio de Granada. He completed his training abroad, particularly in Hannover MHH otologic surgery and laser surgery of the larynx in Paris. Also, the doctor is a member of the Spanish Association of Audiology (AEDA) since 2013. He has made multiple courses statewide.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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