LARYNGECTOMY.NET aims to explain the Therapeutic Education Program for Laryngectomees and Caregivers Quality of life, called PETAL

The different types of therapy: where? when? how?

On discharge from the hospital, your patient has the choice between several places where he/she can be treated:

– He/she can start his vocal rehabilitation with the speech pathologist of the ENT department where he/she was operated as an outpatient. The sessions usually take place on average two or three times per week, in small groups of different levels or individually.

He/she can start a therapy with a private practice speech pathologist.

– He/she can join a specialised re-education centre with intensive residential courses. The management is global: physical therapist, dietician, medical monitoring, radiation therapy, etc.

The actual vocal rehabilitation (learning a substitution voice) may start once the healing is complete and requires medical prescription. However, it is essential to start the speech therapy before the post-operative radiation therapy. In fact, it is easier to acquire the voice at that time because the muscles have not yet been hardened by the radiation therapy.

Learning the oro-oesophageal or tracheosophageal voice is possible:

– at D10, post-operative, when the patient underwent a primary laryngectomy,

– at D21, post-operative, when the patient underwent a post-X-ray laryngectomy


In all cases, you must always have the written prescription of the surgeon.