If you still have your voice box and this hole is temporary, it is called a tracheostomy. The stoma is held open by a tracheostomy tube. You may have a temporary tracheostomy
- After surgery to the voice box
- After radiotherapy, if you have swelling in and around your voice box
You have the tracheostomy until the voice box heals. Then, the tracheostomy tube is taken out and the hole heals up by itself.