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A 31-year-old member asked:

Can a tracheotomy to be performed as a form of treatment for copd?

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Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
Not as a treatment : Patients with terminal COPD may end up in a tracheostomy but it is not a treatment for COPD per se.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Sometimes: A tracheostomy is usually performed to allow long term ventilation by a mechanical ventilator. If COPD is so severe that a ventilator is required, a tracheostomy may be performed. It is not a treatment for COPD otherwise.
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Not really: While patients with COPD may get a tracheostomy in order to get off a ventilator, it is not standard therapy for nonintubated patients.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Is it common for a tracheotomy to be performed as a form of treatment for copd?

5 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arnon Rubin
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
No: It is not a common treatment though it is used. It used usually in severe /end stage copd. These patient tend to have very severe COPD and need frequent treatment.
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
It may be used as a means to get a patient with severe COPD off a ventilator, but is not indicated for any other form of COPD unless the patient also has severe sleep apnea and is morbidly obese.
Dec 26, 2011
Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
It would not be a treatment for COPD itself. In patients with advanced COPD who have respiratory failure and are require long periods of time on a ventilator ( breathing maching) a tracheotomy may facilitate this.
Feb 3, 2012

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