Living with a laryngectomy

Watch these videos to learn more about what is involved in preparing for laryngectomy surgery and how to live well afterwards.

Before Surgery

Understanding how the surgery will impact a person is important. Listen to how the healthcare team helps patients prepare for a laryngectomy and meet some patients who have been through surgery.

In hospital

Hear how the healthcare team helps patients recover in hospital and listen to the experiences of some of our patients following surgery.

Returning home

Understand how a person can prepare for returning home after surgery, from the healthcare team and patient perspective.

Learning to speak again

Hear from patients about the process of learning to speak again after having their voice box removed.


Patients share their experiences of eating and drinking after a laryngectomy.

Being a neck breather

Patients share their experiences of what it is like to breathe differently after surgery.

Getting back into life

Hear from our patients about how they got back into life after having a laryngectomy.

Rosie’s story

Rosie’s laryngectomy story

By sharing her story, Rosie hopes to help others who are faced with laryngectomy surgery and is proud to be part of the first laryngectomy resource developed specifically for Aboriginal patients. This video was provided by Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, with kind permission from North Metropolitan Health Service.

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We would like to thank the patients and families from the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and the Princess Alexandra Hospital for so generously sharing their stories.

Contact us

Speech Pathology and Audiology Department
Location: Level 2, Dr James Mayne Building, RBWH, Butterfield St, Herston, QLD 4029
Phone: (07) 3646 8026
Open: 8.30am-4.30pm

Need help outside hours?

For non-urgent medical issues call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or visit your GP.

In an emergency call 000.

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