surgical removal of the larynx in the treatment of laryngeal carcinoma. Postoperatively the patient breathes through a tracheostomy. Speech is lost following the operation but can be restored by teaching the patient to swallow air and then belch it in a controlled fashion. Alternatively, a battery-powered vibrating device can be held in the mouth or underneath the chin to produce speech (see electrolarynx). Speech can also be facilitated by a one-way valve surgically implanted between the tracheostomy and the upper oesophagus, allowing the patient to divert air into the throat. Partial laryngectomy conserves part of the larynx and allows patients to breathe and speak normally. However, it is only suitable for a few patients with small tumours.

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  • Laryngectomy — Lar yn*gec to*my, n. [Larynx + Gr. ? to cut out.] (Surg.) Excision of the larynx. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • laryngectomy — [lar΄in jek′tə mē] n. pl. laryngectomies [ LARYNG(O) + ECTOMY] the surgical removal of all or part of the larynx …   English World dictionary

  • Laryngectomy — Surgery to remove part or all of the larynx is a partial or total laryngectomy. In either operation, the surgeon performs a tracheostomy, creating an opening called a stoma in the front of the neck. (The stoma may be temporary or permanent). Air… …   Medical dictionary

  • Laryngectomy — Interventions infobox Name = PAGENAME Caption = ICD10 = ICD9 = 30.2 ICD9 mult = ICD9proc|30.3 ICD9proc|30.4 MeshID = D007825 OtherCodes = Laryngectomy is the removal of the larynx and separation of the airway from the mouth, nose, and esophagus.… …   Wikipedia

  • Laryngectomy, partial — A laryngectomy that preserves the voice. The surgeon removes only part of the voice box just one vocal cord, part of a cord, or just the epiglottis and the stoma is temporary. After a brief recovery period, the tracheostomy tube is removed, and… …   Medical dictionary

  • Laryngectomy, total — A laryngectomy in which the whole voice box is removed, and the stoma is permanent. The patient breathes through the stoma, and must learn to talk in a new way …   Medical dictionary

  • laryngectomy — noun (plural mies) Date: circa 1888 surgical removal of all or part of the larynx • laryngectomized adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • laryngectomy — /lar euhn jek teuh mee/, n., pl. laryngectomies. Surg. excision of part or all of the larynx. [1885 90; LARYNG + ECTOMY] * * * …   Universalium

  • laryngectomy — noun The surgical removal of part or all of the larynx. It is most often performed in cases of laryngeal cancer …   Wiktionary

  • laryngectomy — n. surgical removal of the larynx (Medicine) …   English contemporary dictionary

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