A 30-year-old member asked:
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can scar tissue from a tracheotomy cause respiratory problems in the future?

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Dr. Phil Zapanta
20 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Usually no: A planned and properly done tracheotomy usually doesn't lead to future respiratory problems. However, tracheotomies done in emergency situations may be linked to future respiratory problems unless the emergency trach is revised soon after the initial trach. Many patients have had tracheotomies and then have had the cannula removed without respiratory problems down the road.
Answered on Mar 8, 2018
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Dr. Marguerite Barnett
41 years experience Plastic Surgery
It may: Most of the time, scar tissue from a tracheostomy will not cause breathing problems in the future. Rarely, it can affect the cartilages in the trachea, making them soft and causing them to be floppy and affect breathing. Usually we see this earlier rather than later.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016

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The scarring: is probably not causing the pain.
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