Stoma Care advice following Laryngectomy

Patient Experience

  • Reference Number: HEY-270/2020
  • Departments: ENT
  • Last Updated: 27 February 2020


This leaflet has been produced to give you general information about your stoma.    Most of your questions should be answered by this leaflet.  It is not intended to replace the discussion between you and your doctor, but may act as a starting point for discussion.  If after reading it you have any concerns or require further explanation, please discuss this with a member of the healthcare team.

What is a Stoma?

A stoma is an opening into your neck, which was formed at the time of your surgery, to allow you to breathe and is a permanent solution for your breathing following your laryngectomy operation.  The stoma or opening is made at the base of your neck.  Through this hole air enters and leaves your windpipe (trachea) and lungs.

Caring for your stoma

 You will need to ensure that your stoma is cleaned at least four times a day.  You will need to spray your stoma, using a water spray which we will provide for you, in order to keep it moist.  The bib that you will be wearing will also need to be sprayed regularly.

 Stoma Studs

If your stoma starts to get smaller in size, then you may need a stoma stud to keep it open.  This is important to help you breathe more easily.  The studs come in four different sizes 8, 10, 12 & 14 the nurse practitioner or nurses on the ward will provide you with the correct size.

You will be shown by the nurse how to use the studs correctly.  The stoma studs are easy to clean.  To clean your stoma stud, wash it in warm soapy water, rinse well and then dry before use.  Replacement studs are available on prescription from your doctor.

Should you require further advice on the issues contained in this leaflet, please do not hesitate to contact the Ear Nose and Throat Department (01482) 468380.


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