Laryngeal Surgery

This information is useful for adults and older adults
Why Yale Medicine?
  • Our physicians and healthcare staff are trained in the latest treatment plans for aerodigestive diseases and cancer.
  • We offer rehabilitative programs to in restore the speaking and swallowing muscles.
  • Our imaging and diagnostic equipment helps provide accurate larynx-related diagnoses.

Cancers and other conditions that develop in the voicebox, or larynx, may not be commonplace, but they do present unique challenges related to preserving a patient's voice. Laryngeal surgery is generally recommended for laryngeal cancer, which affects the aerodigestive tract. This tract includes the upper digestive and respiratory organs, such as the mouth, vocal cords, nose, throat and windpipe.  Aerodigestive-related conditions usually appear as a sore throat, or difficulty speaking, swallowing, or breathing. Some aerodigestive illnesses can be treated with medicine, while others require surgery. 

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.