Laryngectomee Rehab

LaryngetomeeA laryngectomy is a surgical procedure in which the vocal cords or larynx are removed from a person's throat. Because vibrations and movements of the vocal cords produce sound, the voice is lost. Individuals must learn a new way of speaking following the surgery. This includes using an electronic artificial larynx device or learning to produce esophageal speech, having a TEP (trachea-esophageal puncture).

Information, education and literature are offered to provide the best options for individuals. Experienced clinicians work with physicians for the most appropriate treatment for an individual.

Beaumont also sponsors a monthly Laryngectomee Club for people who have undergone a laryngectomy and their families to share ideas, provide support, and socialize.

Beaumont's Laryngectomee Rehabilitation Program offers pre- and post-operative consultation and treatment for:

  • Artificial larynx fitting
  • Esophageal speech rehabilitation
  • Tracheo-esophageal puncture procedures
  • More than 24,000 Americans have undergone surgery for removal of the larynx (voice box) due to cancer and must learn new methods of speaking.

Links

International Association of Larngectomees