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Dr. Steven Bowers
33 years experience Internal Medicine
Low risk: In the hands of a careful and experienced surgeon, a tracheostomy is a low risk procedure in a patient with normal anatomy of the neck and trachea.
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Usually not...: A tracheostomy is a fairly straight forward procedure performed by either a surgeon or an ear/nose/throat doctor. As with any procedure, there are alw ... Read More
Dr. Matt Malkin
16 years experience Anesthesiology
Depends on airway: If securing the airway is difficult, due to mass or severe airway alteration, then it can be quite dangerous and need to be done emergently or without ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Harris
37 years experience Plastic Surgery
Hole in trachea: This is a surgical procedure where an opening is made in the front of the neck into the trachea to make it easier and safer to help a patient breathe ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Lubienski
37 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Double check: Make sure suction working properly and catheter going where it is supposed to. Also if patient is dehydrated secretions may become tenacious and or mi ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
35 years experience Trauma Surgery
Varies: Mechanical obstruction of the airway is one (e.g. Tumor, swelling). The other common one is patients on long term ventilator support (respirator) who ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
38 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Aspiration: A trachesotomy is an opening (ostomy) in the front of the neck that connects your windpipe (trachea) to the outside world directly. They can be tempo ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. ALADIN MARIANO
49 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Much easier : Previous CPR requires chest compression and breathing for the patient. While breathing is still important, the emphasis now is on chest compression. H ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
35 years experience Trauma Surgery
Yes: Temporary swallowing dysfunction can be seen in patients with tracheostomy. Most facilities have a process to screen for this problem. Speech therapis ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
40 years experience Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes.: Tracheostomy will not affect your ability to swallow solid foods after a few days from the surgery.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
38 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Cleaning trachs: Clean your trach tube and the skin around it at least once a day. Follow these 4 basic steps: (1) collect your supplies amd choose a clean well-lit s ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
38 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Keep trachs clean: The two most common issues with tracheostomies are infection around the stoma site and obstruction of the tracheostomy tube. Both of these can be min ... Read More
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