General information: Total laryngectomy
A total laryngectomy is the definitive and total removal of the larynx.
Once the pharyngeal sutures have healed, the digestive and respiratory tracts will be completely separated. The 2 tracts will no longer be in contact (disappearance of crossroad between the two tracts).
Total laryngectomy diagram:
The food will follow the normal path, there will no longer any danger of choking. This makes the resumption of oral feeding easier.
Swallowing after total laryngectomy:
Warning: In patients with a phonatory implant, fistulas may appear at the site of the implant and thus cause choking.
Risk of leaks in case of malfunction of the phonatory prosthesis: