An improved method of flexible endoscopic creation of tracheoesophageal fistula for voice restoration

H. Chan, T. Mesko, K. Fields, J. Barkin

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Abstract

We present improvements of a previously reported method of tracheoesophageal puncture for voice restoration in postlaryngectomy patients. Our method utilizes a flexible endoscope to enable the tracheoesophageal puncture to be made under direct visualization using only local anesthesia and intravenous sedation. After 3 days, the created tracheoesophageal fistula tract is mature enough to allow placement of a voice prosthesis in the office. This allows the entire procedure to be performed in an outpatient setting with minimal risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1034-1035
Number of pages2
JournalSurgical endoscopy
Volume11
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1997

Keywords

  • Blom-singer prosthesis
  • Endoscope
  • Laryngectomy
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula
  • Voice restoration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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