I had my surgery for Total Laragectomy approximately 10 weeks ago. I had my 1st voice box prosthesis installed three weeks later. It did not work at all so my surgeon swaped it out for the next size larger & it worked just a little & I was having to work so hard to produce any sound at all. I just had my appointment with a speech therapist today & was told that I have a stricture that will have to be delt with by dialation. Has anyone had this problem?
The therapist says that she believes the passage is too narrow to allow enough air from the voice box prosthesis to enable any speech.
This cancer has faught me every single step of the way. I had the normal 42 Radiation & 6 Chemo sessions that did not work so I had to have the Total Laragectomy. Now the Voice Box Prosthesis arn't working & now the stricture. I'm sitting here wondering what is going to happen next. I already know that I will have to have more than one Dialation from what I have been reading here tonight. I just want to be able to talk again. I feel so helpless because I can't even anwser my cell phone & have to have my Mom & Dad take my calls & arainge all my appointments. They are 79 years old & I just feel so bad for them having to do this for me. I just hope things start going in a better direction for me soon. Any way, sorry if I sound like a complainer.
If anyone can tell me if they ever had a problem with the Voice Box Prosthesis like I'm having please let me know.
Thank's for your time & God bless..........Roger