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Pharyngectomy: A pharyngectomy is the total or partial removal of the pharynx due to throat cancer. If a large amount of pharynx, or the pharynx and larynx are removed, a tracheostomy may be required for the patient to breath.

Diseases And Conditions Treated: Pharyngectomy

These diseases and conditions may be treated with the surgical procedure Pharyngectomy:

Other Surgical Options: Pharyngectomy

Surgical procedure options to consider as an alternative for Pharyngectomy may include these surgeries:

Anesthetic Requirements for Pharyngectomy

These surgical anesthetic requirements for the procedure Pharyngectomy may include:

Procedure Complications: Pharyngectomy

Possible surgical complications of Pharyngectomy may include:

  • Tracheostomy
  • Gastrostomy
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia
  • Loss of normal speech
  • Temporary inability to swallow (dysphagia)
  • Difficulty moving neck
  • Rupture of carotid artery
  • Aspiration of fluid into lungs
  • Pharyngeal narrowing
  • Nerve damage
  • Pharyngocutaneous fistula

Prognosis for a Good Outcome: Pharyngectomy

The prognosis for a good medical outcome: The prognosis is good for removing cancer; however, the success rate for hypopharyngeal carcinoma is lower.

Pharyngectomy: Other Names

Other names for this medical surgical procedures (Pharyngectomy) include:

  • Pharynx removal

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