Description of a novel technique for creation of a custom-made prosthesis to aid vocalisation following laryngectomy (2021)

Type of publication:
Journal article

Author(s):
*Halliday, E; *Beswick, H; *Bunn, S; *Ahsan, S F

Citation:
European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases; Mar 2021 [epub ahead of print]

Abstract:
There are various options to restore phonation after laryngectomy; one option involves using tracheo-oesophageal voice by placing a speaking valve through the tracheo-oesophageal wall. Some patients struggle to obtain good fixation of an adhesive base plate to the skin; this can result in air leakage and poor voice. We describe a technique using a custom-made prosthesis to provide a better base plate for fixation of the heat and moisture exchange cassette. This technique involves making an impression of the anterior neck around the laryngectomy stoma to create an anatomically fitted prosthesis, which accurately fills the void around the stoma. The custom-made prosthesis provides a more individualised fit compared to a standard base plate, helping improve vocalisation and communication.