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Was wondering if anyone has offered you the option of a percutaneous feeding tube - a PEG - this is a feeding tube that is placed in the minor operating room through the skin into the stomach. Just a little nick with a knife blade and an endoscope are used. This can be done with sedation not anesthesia and some local anesthetic if necessary.Although this will not allow the epiglottis to heal in any way, it will allow your Dad to receive all the nutrition and medications that he needs without the risk of aspirating and developing pneumonia again.
You can see a pic and a brief description at this site.