Reconstruction of the voice box using bone obtained from the shoulder blade prevented total laryngectomy in a patient with a rare form of cancer. This allowed the patient to keep her voice box including the vocal cords. The patient suffered from a slow-growing cancer in the cricoid cartilage, a ring that supported her voice box. Of the about 50,000 people diagnosed with laryngeal cancer every year in the U.S., less than 1% have this particular form of cancer.
A picture explaining the procedure performed to save the voice box