Laryngectomy is a lengthy procedure that typically lasts between five and twelve hours. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia. That means you’ll be asleep and won’t feel pain during the procedure.
Your healthcare team will perform a number of tests prior to your surgery to assess your health. You’ll also meet with consultants, like speech therapists and swallowing specialists who’ll help prepare you for life after laryngectomy.
Preparation measures include:
- routine blood work and tests
- physical exam
- smoking cessation counselling, if necessary
- nutritional counselling to help you eat a healthy diet after surgery
- temporarily stopping certain medications, like aspirin, ibuprofen, and blood thinners
- fasting the night before surgery
Let your doctor know if you’re allergic to any medications, including antibiotics, anaesthesia, and pain relievers.