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Laryngectomy is a surgery that involves removal of the larynx or voice box. Removal of the larynx can be classified as a partial removal or complete removal. The extent of your surgery will be determined by the reason for your surgery, and this should be discussed between you and your surgeon. Partial laryngectomy is not discussed in this information sheet.
A complete removal of the larynx or total laryngectomy is the most commonly required surgery to ensure complete removal of the tumour or cancer affecting your larynx.
Your doctor may recommend you total laryngectomy for any of these reasons:
Your larynx is in your neck. It sits above your trachea (windpipe) and is in front of your pharynx (foodpipe) . It is part of the airway and is essential for breathing, swallowing, and speaking.