Laryngectomy Risk Factors
If you are planning to have laryngectomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
- 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
- Previous surgical procedure to the larynx
- Prior radiation or chemotherapy
- Poor nutrition
Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the surgery.
Learn what the procedure is. Find out how it is performed.
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.