Transnasal oesophagoscopy-guided in-office secondary tracheoesophageal puncture

V. S. Doctor, D. J. Enepekides, D Gregory Farwell, Peter C Belafsky

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Objective: Tracheoesophageal puncture is recognised as an effective and reliable method for voice restoration following total laryngectomy. Several techniques have been described, ranging from rigid oesophagoscopy under general anaesthesia to more recent endoscopic techniques utilising intravenous sedation or local anaesthetic. We describe our technique for secondary tracheoesophageal puncture utilising unsedated transnasal oesophagoscopy in an office setting. Method: Retrospective review of all total laryngectomy patients undergoing in-office transnasal oesophagoscopy-assisted tracheoesophageal puncture between October 1 2004 and December 31 2006. Results: Eleven patients undergoing transnasal oesophagoscopy-guided tracheoesophageal puncture were identified. Successful tracheoesophageal puncture placement was achieved in 10 of 11 patients (91 per cent). In one patient tracheoesophageal puncture could not be performed due to anatomic constraints. One patient had bleeding from the puncture site requiring silver nitrate cautery. All patients tolerated the procedure well. Voice results were satisfactory in all cases. Conclusions: Transnasal oesophagoscopy-guided tracheoesophageal puncture provides a simple, safe option for secondary voice rehabilitation in laryngectomy patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-306
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2008


  • Endoscopy
  • Laryngectomy
  • Larynx Neoplasms
  • Oesophagus
  • Tracheoesophageal Puncture
  • Voice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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