Voice prosthesis valve - image description

The illustration shows a cross section of a person’s head and neck area. The person is facing to the left. There is no larynx and the windpipe opens out onto the surface neck. This is called the laryngectomy stoma. The person has their finger over the laryngectomy stoma. The gullet, also called the oesophagus, is behind the windpipe. There is a valve linking the windpipe to the gullet. This is called the voice prosthesis valve. There are arrows pointing upwards along the windpipe which continue through the valve, up the top part of the gullet and out through the mouth. This indicates where air goes as it is breathed out to create speech.