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Difference between laryngectomy and tracheostomy?

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Dr. Eric Toloza
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: Big

Tracheostomy is opening made through neck into trachea through which patient can breathe .
.. Laryngectomy is removal of the larynx (or voice box) ... All patients with laryngectomy will get permanent tracheostomy ... But can get temporary tracheostomy without laryngectomy ...

In brief: Big

Tracheostomy is opening made through neck into trachea through which patient can breathe .
.. Laryngectomy is removal of the larynx (or voice box) ... All patients with laryngectomy will get permanent tracheostomy ... But can get temporary tracheostomy without laryngectomy ...
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Dr. James Sidman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
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In brief: Hole vs removal

A tracheotomy is just a breathing hole in the neck.
Nothing is removed, and the airway is intact. A laryngectomy removes the entire voicebox so there is no connection between the throat and the windpipe (trachea). That hole is the laryngectomy patient's only way to breath, and they must have another way to speak other than the voicebox. Trach alone can still speak.

In brief: Hole vs removal

A tracheotomy is just a breathing hole in the neck.
Nothing is removed, and the airway is intact. A laryngectomy removes the entire voicebox so there is no connection between the throat and the windpipe (trachea). That hole is the laryngectomy patient's only way to breath, and they must have another way to speak other than the voicebox. Trach alone can still speak.
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