The Use of Prosthesis in the Larynx and Trachea: A Preliminary Report. Presented by Julius W. McCall, M.D., and Clay W. Whitaker, M.D. (by invitation).
Dr. McCall reported successful implantation of prosthesis in 2 cases of tracheolaryngeal stenosis. His moving pictures show the patient in the act of swallowing, with a recording of the voice. In 1 case a tantalum tube was used and was retained. In a second case the original tantalum tube was later replaced by a polyethylene tube. In a third case a polyethylene tube was employed after a laryngectomy to connect the trachea with the pharynx, but it was not successful. The author and his co-workers performed a number of experiments with laryngectomized dogs in an attempt to find an acceptable material for a prosthesis that would be tolerated. The various types of material employed and the methods of insertion and fixation were described and illustrated,
Dean M. Lierle, Samuel Salinger. AMERICAN LARYNGOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION. Arch Otolaryngol. 1962;76(6):574–580. doi:10.1001/archotol.1962.00740050588017