Information About Caring For Yourself After Your Procedure

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Laryngectomy, Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information about caring for yourself after your procedure. Your health care provider may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your health care provider if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE
After your procedure, it is common to have:
• Difficulty breathing.
• Difficulty speaking.
• Temporary inability to speak.
• Difficulty swallowing.
Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your caregiver may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.
After your voice box (larynx) is removed, your windpipe (trachea) is stitched (sutured) to the skin around the hole through which your larynx was removed. You will breathe through this hole (stoma). A plastic tube will be inserted in your stoma to keep it open while it heals. At first, you will have a bandage (dressing) around your neck. You also will have a small plastic container, shaped like a bulb, attached to your neck. The bulb can be squeezed to create a suction to drain fluid from your wound.…
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