Blom-Singer®Voice Restoration System
A voice prosthesis is a one-way valve which is fitted in the tracheal wall at the back of the stoma. A retention collar prevents it from becoming easily dislodged. Air from your lungs passes through the one-way voice prothesis and makes the structures at the top of the oesophagus vibrate to produce a new voice sound. Not all patients who have undergone total laryngectomy will be able to use a voice prosthesis. Sometimes, the voice prosthesis is inserted at the time of surgery and sometimes you may have a further surgical procedure some months later to enable you to use a voice prosthesis.
Your clinical team will work with you to choose the best voice prosthesis for you. There are a number of types of Blom-Singer® voice prostheses available and choosing the right one for you is a joint decision with your Speech Therapist. Things to take into account include your particular needs physically and socially.
Some people like to learn how to change their own prosthesis and use a Blom-Singer® patient-changeable voice prosthesis, which means they have fewer hospital appointments, but others prefer not to, or are unable to and so a Blom-Singer® clinician-changeable voice prosthesis is preferred.
Some people can experience complications using the voice prosthesis related to their surgery or radiation treatment. Special Blom-Singer® voice prostheses are available and are used to help solve specific problems. Your Speech Therapist will work with you to find the best voice prosthesis type for your particular needs.
ADVANTAGE® Indwelling Voice Prostheses
Additonal information on the Blom-Singer® Voice Prostheses and range of accessories, including Blom-Singer® Replacement Gel Caps, Insertion Systems, Plug Inserts and Cleaning Brushes can be found in the:
An overview of the standard Blom-Singer® Voice Restoration System products are outlined here: