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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:


Feeding during the different phases of therapeutic care