Laryngectomy Complications

Learn how your age, health condition, pregnancy, medical history and more could impact potential Laryngectomy complications.

Laryngectomy Risk Factors

Possible Complications

If you are planning to have laryngectomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Infection
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Excessive swelling or bleeding
  • Injury to the trachea (windpipe) or esophagus
  • Blood clots
  • Anesthesia-related problems
  • Saliva leaking out to the skin (saliva fistula)
  • Inability to speak or aphonia

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Pre-existing medical condition
  • Advanced age
  • Smoking
  • Previous surgical procedure to the larynx
  • Prior radiation or chemotherapy
  • Poor nutrition

Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the surgery.


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