Oct 03, 2001 - 9:55 pm
Hi my husband is 52 years old and on March 13,2001 he had a surgery called a supraglottic laryngectomy and 2 inches of the base of his tongue was removed. He also completed 30 radiation treatments on both sides of his throat and the front of hid neck. His epiglottis was removed completely. This has created a problem for him to swallow. He needed to go through speech therapy and was given many exercises to learn to swallow a different way. This has been very difficult for him. He is on a peg tube to for feedings. He is just starting to take thickened liquids. If anyone has had the same surgery or problems He needs to know he will be able to eat and swallow again. Any advise would be appreciated.