Groundbreaking surgery

Groundbreaking larynx replacement surgery
Photo by Bob Boston

Randal C. Paniello. M.D., associate professor of otolaryngology, and his team attempt an innovative surgery that aims to restore Amy Hancock’s voice. After her larynx was removed more than five years ago due to cancer, Hancock has been unable to speak without a small microphone-like device she holds against her throat. By removing a patch of skin, an artery and vein from Hancock’s left arm, the surgeons created a breathing tube from the skin patch, which was inserted into her trachea, and then strengthened with cartilage from her nose. It will be several weeks before the team determines the success of the surgery.