Hi, My mum is 3 weeks into recovery after a full laryngectomy. They fitted a valve during surgery but have had to remove it due to it leaking. She also is having trouble with leakage around somewhere else which is preventing her from being able to pass the swallow test and start eating and drinking again.They said it is taking longer due to radiotherapy pre- op. She is very depressed and distressed at the length of time this is taking!! has anyone encountered this? has anyone got any advise for me. I cant stand seeing my mum so distressed and down.