What happens right after the procedure?
After the laryngectomy surgery, the person will be taken to the surgery recovery room to be watched closely for a short time. Vital signs, blood pressure, pulse, and breathing will be checked frequently. A small mask with humidified air will be placed over the stoma. This helps to keep the secretions thin and prevent blockage of the airway. The head of the bed will be elevated to promote drainage from the surgical site. A suction drain may have been placed under the skin to catch any fluid that collects at the incision. The nose, mouth, and the tracheostomy tube will be suctioned gently.