Laryngectomy stoma – image description

This is a sideways view of a head and shoulders. It shows the nose, mouth and throat. There is a tube from the back of the throat that goes down the neck. This is the gullet or oesophagus. In front of the gullet is the windpipe. This opens onto the front of the neck. The opening is called the laryngectomy stoma. There are arrows pointing both ways in the windpipe, indicating that you breathe air in and out of the windpipe through the stoma.