A laryngectomy is a procedure performed in certain hypopharyngeal and laryngeal cancer cases. The larynx (commonly referred to as the “voice box”) is surgically removed. The head and neck surgeon reconstructs a new opening in the neck for breathing called a “stoma.”
Keck Medicine of USC is the only medical center in Southern California that offers a comprehensive laryngectomy program, which encompasses pre-treatment counseling, psychosocial evaluation, surgery (robotic and non-robotic), chemotherapy and speech and swallowing rehabilitation. Our mission is total rehabilitation, bringing the patient to as close to their pre-treatment functional level as possible. An experienced interdisciplinary team of health professionals works together to optimize the patient’s function and provide ways to enhance the patient’s quality of life.