Tracheotomy

by admin on November 27, 2017

Ear, nose, and throat specialist Dr. Rande Lazar sometimes works with patients who have a tracheotomy. A tracheotomy is a surgical procedure in which a doctor places a breathing hole through the front of the throat and into the trachea and inserts a tube. The hole and tube then serve as a source of air for the patient.

Many conditions may require tracheotomy, including long-term ventilator use, obstructive airway conditions, assisted breathing after head or neck surgery or in cases of paralysis, and emergency situations where something obstructs breathing through the mouth or nose.

Long-term use of tracheotomy may lead to complications, such as narrowing of the trachea or infection. For this reason, it is very important to have the tracheotomy monitored by a qualified otolaryngologist. A health care professional will teach you to clean and care for your tracheotomy tube, and it is important to follow these instructions carefully. You may also experience difficulty speaking with the tube in place, and speech therapy may be helpful if the tracheotomy is to remain in place for a long period. You may also experience drier air intake, because your mouth and nose will not moisten air as you breathe in. This may lead to dryness and coughing.

In general, tracheotomy is a temporary measure to support respiration as you recover. Your doctor will be able to provide an appropriate plan for care, as well as a time frame for how long you can expect to keep a breathing tube in place.

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