Tracheoesophageal puncture (TEP) with voice prosthesis placement is currently the method of choice for vocal rehabilitation of patients who have undergone total laryngectomy. Occasionally, secondary TEP needs to be performed. We have used a TEP technique that is performed in the clinic setting with local anesthesia and no sedation. The purpose of this study was to review our technique and experience and to evaluate results, complications, and patients' acceptance of the procedure. We performed a retrospective chart review of the records of 14 patients who had undergone total laryngectomy and secondary TEP placement in the clinic setting. The procedure was well tolerated. The voice results were fair to good in 11 of 12 patients. There was 1 complication, a false passage between the trachea and the esophagus. Voicing was immediate in 12 of the 14 cases. We conclude that TEP can be performed in the office setting with local anesthesia. The voice results are excellent, and the procedure is well tolerated by the patient. Proper patient selection and regular follow-up by a speech-language pathologist are important.
- Secondary tracheoesophageal puncture
- Tracheoesophageal puncture
- Vocal rehabilitation
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