What is removed in a Hemilaryngectomy?

Your voice box (larynx) has two bands of muscle that form the vocal cords. The front of the voice box is made of cartilage and is sometimes called the Adam’s apple. A hemilaryngectomy (HEM-ee-lair-un-JECT-uh-me) is a surgery in which either the right or left half (hemi) of your voice box is removed.

What is Hemilaryngectomy?

Listen to pronunciation. (HEM-ee-LAYR-in-JEK-toh-mee) An operation to remove one side of the larynx (voicebox).

What is vertical Hemilaryngectomy?

Hemilaryngectomy is defined as an operation to remove the anterior soft parts of the larynx in continuity with the underlying thyroid cartilage. Vertical partial laryngectomy is similarly defined but may include modifiers to more specifically define the extent of laryngeal removal.

Can you speak after a Hemilaryngectomy?

You’re able to speak after a hemilaryngectomy, but it’s more limited. Total laryngectomy takes out the larynx completely. It affects your ability to speak normally, although it’s possible to learn to speak in other ways, such as with a mechanical voice or esophageal speech training.

Can you still talk after a partial laryngectomy?

After total laryngectomy, you will lose the ability to speak. A partial laryngectomy can allow you to be able to speak.

Does throat surgery change your voice?

You need to know that even if only a part of your larynx is removed, your voice won’t sound the same as it did before the operation. It will have a lower pitch. It may be hard to be heard in loud places. You’ll need to practice each type of speech, try to relax when speaking, and be patient.

What is a Pharyngectomy?

Listen to pronunciation. (FAYR-in-JEK-toh-mee) Surgery to remove all or part of the pharynx (throat). The pharynx is the hollow tube inside the neck that starts behind the nose and ends at the top of the trachea (windpipe) and esophagus (the tube that goes to the stomach).

What is VPL surgery?

Vertical partial laryngectomy (VPL) is a surgical procedure that has been developed to preserve laryngeal function during the treatment of invasive cancer.

How long does it take voice box to heal?

You need to allow time for your vocal folds to heal before returning to full voice use. If you are a singer or do use your voice a lot, you may need four to six weeks of careful voice use for a full recovery, he says.