Novel Surgical Technique Reconstructs Cancer Infected Trachea

In patients suffering from cancer in the throat, the surgical procedure usually involves removal of the voice box and the trachea. This procedure would however make a patient loose the ability to speak and swallow normally.

A development in this surgery took place in Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit where the experts succeeded in removing a rare malignant cancer tumor and reconstructed the trachea with the help of tissues from the arm. This operation restored the ability of the patient to speak treating the dreadful disease as well.

The results of the study will be presented in the poster session for the Triological Society’s Combined Section Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona on January 29, 2011.

The patient was diagnosed with a malignant teratoma cancerous tumor spreading quickly to the surrounding regions. When the tumor was removed, he lost 50 percent of his airway below the voice box.

The surgeons used bones and skin from the arm along with two metal plates to reconstruct the trachea and made it completely functional.

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