A Single Voice Prosthesis Utilized For 17 Years

Document Type : Case Report


1 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Istanbul Medeniyet University Goztepe Research and Training Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey.

2 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Kocaeli University Medical Faculty, Kocaeli, Turkey.


Surgical procedures, especially total laryngectomy, have a profound adverse effect on the patient's physical, functional, as well as emotional health, and strongly decrease quality of life. Tracheoesophageal puncture is one of the most significant method that is widely performed successfully by physicians. Current valve technology enables long expiring duration; however, general duration for all types of valve appears to be approximately 3 to 6 months.
Case Report:
A 72-year-old patient with total laryngectomy and tracheoesophageal voice prosthesis (VP) presented our voice clinic with difficulty in swallowing and leakage around the valve of VP. In this report, we aim to present the patient who has used a single voice prosthesis for 17 years without a complication.
In our case, the nutritional habits of our patient may have allowed him to use VP for 17 years without complications. We strongly advise following the suggested renewal time of voice prosthesis.


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