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Scar Tracheotomy Cause Problems
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: If the upper airway is the issue, then a lower access-tracheostomy can help. Head and neck, tongue cancers as examples. If the breathing issue is from pleura or pneumonia or collapse, it may not help. Sometimes tracheostomy is used to allow ventilator and still let patient be up. ...Read more
Taking care of it: The long term effects are just related to caring for it making sure it remains clean, open and free from infection. There is always a risk of bleeding and once removed ( if possible) scarring and narrowing of the airway. Crusting can sometimes be of concern requiring irrigations and possibly antibiotics. ...Read more
Air passage: Tracheostomy refers to creating a passage for air directly over the trachea from the front of the neck, thus bypassing the nose and throat. This is performed to overcome obstruction in the throat or to improve breathing efficiency in patients with severe lung disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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