About the Program
Although the goal of every clinician is organ preservation, a total laryngectomy is often unavoidable in patients with advanced stage laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancer or recurrent disease. Fortunately, the quality of life following a total laryngectomy is very good provided surgical and rehabilitation efforts are optimal. Over the last several decades considerable progress in voice, pulmonary and olfaction rehabilitation of the total laryngectomy patient has been made. This course will share current trends and practices in post-laryngectomy rehabilitation. A cadaver resection lab offers attendees a unique and powerful learning experience in surgical techniques for total laryngectomy. Additionally, a hands-on lab with patient volunteers provides attendees the opportunity to learn techniques of tracheoesophageal prosthesis replacement.
- Describe the surgical techniques of total laryngectomy as learned through the cadaver lab component of this course.
- Describe the latest in surgical techniques for voice restoration following total laryngectomy.
- Differentiate between primary and secondary voice prosthesis placement and identify pros and cons of each.
- Describe decision making process in selecting the appropriate voice prosthesis.
- Discuss the benefits of heat moisture exchangers (HMEs) and free hands valves.