Stoma Care

 

 

 

 

introduction

 

So much attention is focused on the loss of voice that many people never realize another large physical change that happens to us when we have a laryngectomy.  We become neck breathers.  We have a new opening at the base of the neck where the intake of air into the trachea is now located.  The opening there is called a tracheostoma or to shorten it, a stoma.

We are quite accustomed to taking care of other openings into our bodies but here is something new and the stoma area, along with the newly exposed section of the trachea, does require special care.  This section is designed to help you with that and our members have sent in some of their favorite hints.

 

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