Laryngectomy: Purpose, Procedure, and Recovery
What is Laryngectomy?
The word “laryngoplasty” means “voice surgery.” It refers to the surgical removal of vocal folds (the cartilages that support the voice box) from the upper part of your throat. These are folds that surround and protect your vocal cords. They help you produce sound by allowing air into your lungs so that it can reach them properly. Without these folds, you would not have enough room to breathe.
In order for your voice to work properly, it needs to be able to move freely through different ranges of pitch. If the muscles in your throat cannot allow your voice to do this, then it will not function correctly and may even become hoarse or stop working altogether.
The purpose of laryngectomy is to make sure that your voice does not suffer from any problems. This includes preventing it from becoming hoarse, stopping it from cracking, and preventing it from losing its range of pitch. There are many other reasons why someone might want to have this operation performed on them, but the main reason is because they wish to speak normally again.
Some people with normal voices may need only minor adjustments while others may require major ones.
After the procedure
Once you have undergone this procedure, you will lose your voice completely. If everything goes smoothly then you should notice an immediate difference in how your voice sounds to you. You will find that it is now much deeper than it used to be.
It may even sound very different to you at first. A lot of people also say that they sound robotic after the procedure. Your voice sounds this way because you are no longer using your vocal cords as instruments of expression anymore. Instead, they are simply instruments of breathing.
Since you’re no longer using your cords as instruments of expression, you will now have to learn how to use the muscles in your throat in order to produce different sounds. This should not be too difficult, however, as most people have always used these muscles anyway. In fact, most people do not realize that they are even using their throat muscles because they do it subconsciously.
Your voice won’t be as strong as it once was. This is because you no longer have your actual vocal cords to amplify the sound that’s coming from your throat. However, if you practice enough, your voice should eventually settle into a nice, deep tone that is pleasant and balanced.
After you’ve gone through this procedure you will feel a lot more relaxed when it comes to speaking. This is because you will no longer feel the need to try and push the air from your lungs out with great force in order to produce vocal sounds. Instead, all you need to do is speak normally and allow the muscles in your throat to create vibrations that resonate throughout your chest cavity.
A lot of people are uncertain about how this procedure is going to turn out for them. If you’re one of these people, don’t worry because there are a lot of ways that you can find out how well your voice is going to turn out. For example, there are online communities where people with artificial voices discuss their experiences with one another.
Many of these people share their experiences with one another so that they can learn how to improve their voices and how to handle social situations.
In addition, you can always read reviews about the doctors who perform this procedure. You can read about what others said about their experiences with a doctor before deciding whether or not you want to go to that person for the procedure. There are a lot of forums where people talk about their experiences, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find one that you like and trust.
Once you’ve gone through the procedure, your voice will be much deeper than it used to be. This is because you are allowing the muscles in your throat to create the sounds rather than your actual vocal cords. You may need some time to get used to your new voice, but after a while it will begin to feel comfortable and natural to you.
This procedure can help a lot of people who struggle with phonophobia. If you’re one of these people, you should strongly consider this operation. The procedure is very effective and can help a lot of people overcome their fears.
If you’re interested in getting this procedure done, the first thing you should do is go to a forum where people with artificial voices discuss their experiences with one another. There are a lot of people who have had this procedure done and some of them are more than happy to tell you about their experiences with this procedure. Talking to these people can help you learn more about what the procedure involves so that you’ll know whether or not it’s right for you.
Afterwards, you should search online for a doctor who can perform this procedure. You need to find a doctor who has a good reputation and who has performed this procedure on other patients in the past with positive results. Meeting with this doctor face to face can help you learn a lot about whether or not he’s capable of performing the procedure on you.
Remember, you only get one chance to get this right.
Once you’ve chosen a doctor, the next thing you should do is go in for a consultation. During this appointment, the doctor should ask you several questions about why you want to have the procedure done as well as your medical history. The doctor should also perform a physical examination to make sure that you are in good health and aren’t likely to develop any complications in the future.
After this, the doctor will most likely suggest a few tests for you to take. These tests are designed to determine whether or not you have any sort of underlying phonophobia. In some cases, an infected tonsil can sometimes mimic the symptoms of phonophobia, so the doctor may suggest that you get a MRI done of your head in order to get a better idea of what is causing the issue.
If you’ve gotten this far, then it’s safe to say that you’ve passed all of these tests and have been deemed a suitable candidate for the operation. The rest of the process is fairly simple, but it is important that you pay attention and follow the doctor’s instructions. The first thing that you’ll need to do is to stop taking any anti-biotics or anti-bacterial medications (such as Clarinex or Flonase).
These drugs can interfere with the healing process and can cause your skin to heal slower than normal. You also need to avoid excessive drinking and eating unhealthy foods. Stay away from smoke and eat as healthily as possible.
The next thing you’ll need to do is go back to the doctor’s office where they will shave a small portion of your neck where the incision will be made. You’ll need to do this before the procedure is done because the area will be swollen and itchy if you have hair there after it’s healed. After this is done, you can head home to wait until the day of the operation.
On the day of the operation, you should arrive at the doctor’s office quite early. You’ll then be asked to fill out some paperwork and to change into a patient gown while a nurse takes your vitals and fits you with a heart monitor. You’ll also be given an anti-anxiety medication to help calm your nerves.
This is done to make sure that you stay stress free and relaxed during the procedure. When you’re ready, the nurse will take you into the operating room and ask you to get onto the operating table. This is done so that the anesthesiologist can start an IV drip that will slowly start to put you to sleep. When you’re fully asleep, a mask will be placed over your face that is filled with a gas that will help to keep you asleep during the procedure.
After this, it’s all up to the surgeon as far as how they perform the operation. The doctor will make an incision on the shaved portion of your neck and then they will make a small hole behind your ear to access your inner-ear. At this point, they will slowly maneuver the tiny bones in your ear and then they will start drilling a hole into your skull.
The drilling process is probably one of the most painful parts of the entire procedure, but you won’t be able to feel any pain. After the hole is drilled, the surgeon will remove a small portion of your skull and then they will slowly maneuver the inner ear bones again until they are in their proper position. Once this is done, they will caulk the portion of your skull that they had removed and then they will use surgical glue to seal up the rest of the incision. The glue will form a hardened crust over your skin which should fall off by itself in about a week. Finally, the surgeon will place the ear that you lost in a plastic bag or vial for safe keeping and you’ll be taken to a recovery room.
When you wake up from the operation, you’ll be groggy and a little disorientated. You’ll also feel very tired and weak. While this is normal, try not to sleep too much as it can slow down your healing process.
Instead, try to get up and move around as much as possible. After a few hours, you’ll start to feel more energetic and after a full night’s rest, you should feel back to normal. The nurse will give you some pain medication to help take away any of the post-op pain you may feel. Make sure to take this medication and continue to take it for the next few days as prescribed.
When you return home, it’s very important that you follow all instructions for the next few weeks. This includes:
1) Keeping your head elevated (Propped up) when you sleep or rest.
You can use several different types of pillows to prop your head: two or three regular sized pillows, a couple of books, or even a laptop will work. You can also use a wedge pillow (These are triangular pillows that you can place under your neck to keep your head elevated).
2) Sleeping with your head elevated for the first 2 nights.
After the first 2 nights, you may sleep on either side of your body, but try to avoid sleeping on your operated side as much as possible.
3) Taking the pain medication that your doctor prescribed for you.
4) Not participating in any physical activities (Exercising, lifting weights, jogging, etc.
) for the next two weeks.
5) Not putting any unnecessary strain or stress on your head for the next two weeks (No roller coasters, biking, swimming, etc).
6) Visiting your doctor’s office to have the stitches removed at which time you will be given further instructions.
Sources & references used in this article:
Mechanisms of recovery of swallow after supraglottic laryngectomy by JA Logemann, P Gibbons, AW Rademaker… – Journal of Speech …, 1994 – ASHA
Emergency laryngectomy by WB HOOVER, GD KING – AMA archives of otolaryngology, 1954 – jamanetwork.com
Long-term swallowing function, pulmonary complications, and quality of life after supracricoid laryngectomy by D Di Santo, S Bondi, L Giordano… – … –Head and Neck …, 2019 – journals.sagepub.com