Use of a linear stapler in pharyngeal closure after total laryngectomy

Yoav P. Talmi*, Roman Roitman, Rolf Betinger, Yehuda Finkelstein, Michael Nobel, Yuval Zohar

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Use of linear staplers in closure of the pharynx after total laryngectomy is not yet a routine procedure. We report our experience in application of this device in 19 patients undergoing total laryngectomy, 4 of whom suffered from a pharyngeal fistula. This complication incidence of 21% falls inside accepted fistula formation rates, and should not hinder the use of staplers in these cases. Such closure of the pharyngeal gullet has been shown to be a quick, effective, and safe method, shortening the length of the surgical procedure and thus reducing related complications and expenses. We recommend the use of a linear stapler for closure of the pharyngeal defect after laryngectomy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-16
Number of pages4
JournalOperative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes


  • Total laryngectomy
  • complications
  • linear stapler
  • pharyngeal closure


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