Although supraglottic laryngectomy provides cure rates comparable to those of total laryngectomy, chronic aspiration has been a problem in more than half of the patients treated. Deglutition is a complex neuromuscular process that, nevertheless, has the capacity to adapt to certain laryngopharynx deficiencies. The patient who has undergone supraglottic laryngectomy can accommodate to loss of the laryngeal inlet sphincter; however, the lack of laryngeal support has been shown to engender a high rate of aspiration and to be the major factor delaying rehabilitation of swallowing. The suspension technique described restores laryngeal support, allows better protection of the laryngeal inlet by the base of the tongue, and provides a laryngeal tilt to promote clearing of residual food on the glottis.
Calcaterra TC. Laryngeal Suspension After Supraglottic Laryngectomy. Arch Otolaryngol. 1971;94(4):306–309. doi:10.1001/archotol.1971.00770070498003
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