Simplified technique of tracheoesophageal prosthesis placement at the time of secondary tracheoesophageal puncture (TEP)
This initial series of 14 consecutive patients demonstrates successful TE prosthesis placement at the time of secondary TE puncture. Functional voice was achieved in all patients with no significant immediate complications. No dislodgements occurred and no repeat procedures were required. Voice acquisition was achieved at an earlier time (4 days on average) than with traditional techniques and without the necessity of a subsequent procedure. Primary prosthesis placement at the time of secondary TE puncture is a successful option for surgical voice restoration with distinct advantages and minimal complications.
from The Laryngoscope