Special Considerations in Anesthesia for Laryngeal Cancer Surgery .. Supraglottic laryngectomy offers the advantage of cure with preservation of speech for. Therefore tracheotomy was standard part of laryngectomy (usually under local anesthesia) to establish airway with general anesthesia. The anaesthetic considerations for head and neck cancer surgery are . this is physically impossible (e.g. the post-laryngectomy patient) or because oral.

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The basic requirements for monitoring maintenance of anaesthesia and recovery are outlined in the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland recommendations 4th edition, and advanced monitoring is usually only considered for long procedures or when anaesthezia blood loss is a reasonable possibility. If there is time it may be helpful to perform fir prior to deciding how to anaesthetise for corrective surgical measures.

The risk of airway fires due to laser is low provided careful precautions including laser safe tubes are used. Anticipated complications include bleeding, tube obstruction and accidental decannulation.

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Cardiac monitoring was used regularly in only 9 per cent of UK units in an audit in Anaemia, malnutrition, and alcohol dependency are modifiable preoperative risk factors. An ERP can be formulated around the head and neck cancer patient’s overall journey. The latter is obviously preferable in patients with subglottic extension of a laryngeal tumour. Post-operative haemorrhage and oedema risks mean that tracheostomy remains an important consideration in extensive resections.

United Kingdom National Multidisciplinary Guidelines. Tubeless anaesthesia Ideally, any surgeon would wish to have an unrestricted view of the lesion to be operated on.

Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. Acute presentations with stridor require a collaborative approach to the airway that only rarely involves awake fibre-optic intubation.


Airway considerations While patients presenting for head and neck surgery may have co-existent problems that could make airway management difficult e.

The anaesthetist will usually have information about the lesion e. The resultant defect requires creation of a permanent tracheostomy tracheostome and repair of the pharynx. Current practice has also been influenced by the introduction of many new intubation devices, very few of which have been reported in large series of head and neck cancer patients. Management of surgical complications Neck haematoma, flap failures, fistulas and airway management issues e.

The Royal College of Anaesthetists, For Permissions, please email: Neck haematoma, flap failures, fistulas and airway management issues e. One must be aware that this group of patients are prone to sepsis and multi-organ failure needing intensive care support.

Please review our privacy policy. These alternatives tend to become more of a problem if the operative procedure is prolonged. The Journal of Laryngology and Otology.

It is unusual for any patient to be ventilated post-operatively. Even this may not be an easy option in the patient who is already desaturated, uncooperative and unable to lie flat.

Other alternatives which allow a much less restricted field are: This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Post laryngectomy patients can present for other types of surgery and a clear plan must be made for the management of such patients.

Pre-treatment clinical assessment in head and neck cancer: Overnight intubation may carry increased risk for patients with significant comorbidity.

Pre-operative assessment Comorbidity and pre-operative assessment are considered elsewhere in the guidelines. The need for advanced airway protection is to avoid airway obstruction due anadsthesia haemorrhage or other surgical complication affecting the airway. Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg larynectomy Formal tumour assessment for treatment planning examination under anesthesia and biopsy This is the more usual situation where the risk of airway obstruction is considered less likely.


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Specific operative considerations The compromised airway In the patient who presents with acute airway compromise the obvious option is to consider a tracheostomy under local anaesthesia. Perioperative management of the elective laryngectomy.

This is the more usual situation where the risk of airway obstruction is considered less likely. Currently there is widely diverse practice in larybgectomy of post-operative airway management of head and neck cancer patients. Attempts have been made to increase the success of free-flap anastomoses by medical means but there is no general consensus as to what if anything is efficacious. Enhanced anaesthesja in colorectal resections: This will vary with the surgery and the anaesthetist’s requirement to avoid airway compromise by way of gas exchange or soiling.

Anaesthesia for total laryngectomy.

Contractures resulting from the previous treatment are common in patients with head and neck cancer. Patients with pharyngolaryngeal tumours frequently have residual food debris at laryngoscopy which may interfere with the view obtained especially for instruments with a limited field of vision. In the case of laryngeal tumours, the most common compromise is to use a small diameter micro-laryngoscopy tube 6.

When patients are admitted to a post-anaesthesia care unit with tracheal tubes in place, continuous capnography monitoring is appropriate and their removal remains the anaesthetist’s responsibility.