The pharynx is a part of the digestive tract, located in the throat and neck. Hypopharynx is the lowermost part of the pharynx. Hypopharyngeal resection is a surgery performed to treat cancer found in the hypopharyngeal region.
The surgical resection is performed under general anesthesia. Your surgeon makes an incision over the area of the tumor. The tumor is completely removed, along with a margin of healthy tissue (to ensure it does not recur), using a laser. The resection is done in sections, layer by layer, in a mosaic-like pattern and the differentiation between the cancerous tissues and the healthy tissues are identified. Once the cancer is resected, your surgeon may suggest reconstructive surgery to restore the appearance and function of the pharynx.
As with any surgery, there are risks and complications that can occur. Following hypopharyngeal resection, you may experience an increased amount of mucus production, swelling in the throat, and difficulty breathing, talking or swallowing. There is also a risk of impaired speech, loss of voice, numbness in the neck or throat, and facial disfigurement.
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