The larynx is your voice box, the organ in your throat. Your voice box houses your vocal cords, through which you produce sound. The larynx also lets air travel from your lungs to your mouth. Laryngectomy is the removal of the larynx and separation of the airway from the mouth, nose and esophagus. In a total laryngectomy the entire larynx is removed and in a partial laryngectomy only a portion is taken out. The patient (laryngectomee) breathes through an opening in the neck known as a stoma. The surgery will take 5 to 9 hours and the usual length of stay in the hospital is 7-14 days.