Laryngectomy is the surgical elimination of the throat.
The person who has the procedure is called a "laryngectomee".
The larynx is the "voice box" or the singing cords, which vibrate when the air travels through them during exhalation, and the parts of our mouth generate this sound that our language produces.
If the larynx is removed, no speech sounds can be made.
It is possible that with a partial laryngectomy, the voice will be different from what it was before surgical treatment, and it might be harder for people to understand.
In addition, the trachea is redirected with the removal of the throat, leading to a stoma (hole) in the neck where the laryngectomee breathes.
Your doctor will let you know when you are able to shower following surgical treatment.
Typically, your surgical wounds require to be adequately healed and you must be strong enough to remain standing upright throughout a shower.
For a lot of patients, their first shower is a good sign in their recovery.