Ann Ital Chir 2022 Feb 28;11. Epub 2022 Feb 28.
Background: In our study we evaluated from an oncological and psychological point of view, a group of patients who had previously undergone total laryngectomy and candidates for the placement of a vocal prosthesis, which allows to recover the voice using the air that passes from the trachea to the esophagus, thus vibrating a segment of the cervical esophagus. For the placement of the prosthesis and the oncological follow-up, we used the support of videoendoscopy, to exclude any recurrence or secondary tumors. At the same time, we subjected patients to a psychological evaluation before and after the implantation of the prostheses, to understand the behavioral changes in the two phases, and the possible achievement of the result of total autonomy, social reintegration, and recovery of oral communication, in the post-surgical phase. Read More