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This patient is actually the second patient who has undergone artificial laryngeal implantation. The first occurred in 2012.
Typically with voicebox removal, a patient will have a permanent hole in the throat through which breathing occurs exclusively. With this procedure, the patient loses the ability to talk and smell (because all the air goes through the hold in the throat rather than nose or mouth).
With this artificial larynx, the patient is able to now do both processes the normal way, albeit the voice is at a whisper and some dysphagia is still present. Links to videos are included with the article.
Made by Protip Medical, the artificial larynx is made from titanium.
Laryngeal replacement with an artificial larynx after total laryngectomy: the possibility of restoring larynx functionality in the future. Head Neck 2014;36:1669-1673
Implantation of an Artificial Larynx after Total Laryngectomy. N Engl J Med 2017; 376:97-98January 5, 2017DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc1611966